Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors: Fourteenth Report to Congress. Figure TANF 2. Average Monthly AFDC/TANF Benefit per Recipient in Constant 2012 Dollars

09/22/2015

Figure TANF 2.  Average Monthly AFDC/TANF Benefit per Recipient in Constant 2012 Dollars

Note: See Table TANF 6 for underlying data.  Comparison of trends in the average monthly AFDC/TANF benefit per recipient in constant dollars with the weighted average maximum benefit in constant 2012 dollars since 1988 indicates that the cause of the decline in the average monthly benefit has been the erosion of the real value of the maximum benefit due to inflation.  This is due to the fact that the current value of the maximum benefits has increased less than the cost of living in most states since the late1980s.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance Characteristics and Financial Circumstances of TANF Recipients: TANF Annual Report to Congress selected years; Quarterly Public Assistance Statistics, 1992 & 1993 and earlier years along with unpublished data. 

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