Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. Rational for Why the Topic Was Chosen


Obtaining jobs that pay a decent living wage and that include health benefits often is a challenge for welfare recipients. One reason for this difficulty can be the relative availability (or lack thereof) of such employment. The robust economy, which has largely been responsible for helping many welfare recipients get off welfare and find jobs, is now slowing down. Even though the economy spurred new job growth during its recent robust period, many of the jobs created did not provide a decent living wage or health benefits. The lack of good-paying jobs with health benefits can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and of moving on and off the welfare rolls.

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