Successful Transitions Out of Low-Wage Work for TANF Recipients. How much do they work and what do they earn?


Continued employment was high among those who began on TANF and were working in 1999, with 90% still working in 2000-2001, and workers averaging about 6 quarters of employment. Quarterly wages while working were roughly $3,500. Employment outcomes were similar for all others who began as low-wage workers in 1999. Those who had been TANF recipients but did not work in 1999 had much poorer outcomes in 2000-2001, with only 30% working and averaging four quarters of work at $1,900 per quarter.

Chart shows how much wage growth they experience.

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