Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC OUTCOME MEASURES

08/28/2002

n this chapter, we turn to the employment and economic outcome characteristics of TANF recipients. These characteristics have to do with the job experiences and earnings and income that are used to evaluate a respondent’s economic stability and self-sufficiency. Specifically, we include in the area of employment and economic characteristics the subtopics of employment history, including current or most recent job history; reasons for not currently working or never having been employed; participation in work programs and job-skills training; experience with job search and basic work-orientation services; and earnings, income, and child-support payments.

Table III.1 summarizes our recommendations and priorities for measuring employment and economic outcome characteristics in the survey of TANF recipients. The estimate of the total time needed to administer all the “A”-rated items in the employment and economic outcomes domain is roughly seven minutes (Table III.1).

 

TABLE III.1
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC OUTCOMES
Employment and Economic Outcomes Number of Items Past Survey(s) Estimate of Time (minutes) Priority Rating
Employment History
Worked in the past 12 months 1 NE; NSAF; SPD .25 A
No. of months/weeks employed during past 12 months 1 NE; NSAF .25 A
No. of jobs held during past 12 months 1 NE .25 A
Current, Main, or Most Recent job
No. of current jobs held 1 WES; MO; NE .25 A
Total hours per week worked at all jobs 1 WES; MO; NE; IL; NSAF .25 B
Job start and end dates 2 WES; MO; NE; IL, NSAF .50 A
Hours worked per week 1 WES; MO; NE; IL, NSAF .25

 

A
Whether seasonal or temporary job 1 WES; NE; IL; SPD .25 A
The shift or time of day worked 1 WES; NE; IL .25 A
Industry and occupation 2 WES; NE; IL; NSAF; SPD .50 A
Hourly rate of pay 1 NE; IL; NSAF .25 A
Weekly or monthly earnings 1 WES; MO; NE .25 A
Type of employee benefits offered 1 IL; NSAF; SPD .25 A
Opportunities for advancement at job 1 NE .25 A
Reasons for leaving job 1 NE; IL .25 A
Reasons not Currently Working
Main reasons not working 1 WES; NE; AC .25 A
Lowest hourly wage acceptable for taking a job 1 WES .25 A
Perceived hiring discrimination 1 WES .25 B
Participation in Work Programs and Job Skills Training
Attended GED classes in past year 1 WES; MO; NE; IL .25 A
Attended other educational training in last year 1 WES; MO; NE .25 A
Job Search and Basic Work Orientation Service Use
Attended job search in past year 1 WES; NE; NSAF .25 A
Did it help Respondent get a job? 1 WES; NE .25 A
Earnings
Respondent’s total earnings last month 1 WES; MO; NE; AC; IL; SPD .25 A
Did any household members have earnings last month? 1

 

WES; NSAF; MO; AC; IL

.25 B
Income
Respondent’s income for past month 1 WES; NE .25 A
Other Household member’s income for past month 1 WES; MO; NE; IL; NSAF; SPD .25 A
Total Household income for past year 1 WES; MO; NE; IL; SPD .25 A
Difficulty for Household to live on current Income 1 WES; NE .25 B
Child Support Payments
Did Respondent or other Household members receive any child support last month? 1 WES; MO; NE; AC; IL .25 A
Amount of child support received 1 IA .25 A
Did Respondent pay any child support last month? 1 NSAF .25 B
Amount of child support paid 1 NSAF; AL .25 B

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