Researchers at the Urban Institute recently completed a study of employment and wage growth among TANF recipients and low-wage workers.(1) The study's three main questions were:
- How much are low-wage workers and TANF recipients working and what are their earnings? What wage growth do they experience and do they escape low-wage status?
- What factors contribute most to these job outcomes, and what types of employers are most associated with positive wage gains for low-wage workers and TANF recipients?
- How are opportunities for securing jobs with these types of employers changing in the low-wage labor market and how are low-wage job opportunities changing overall?