Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors: Fourteenth Report to Congress. Table TANF 1. Trends in AFDC/TANF Average Monthly Caseloads: 1962-2013

09/22/2015

 

 

Average Monthly Number
 (thousands)

Children as a Percent of Total Recipients

Average 1Number
of Children per Family

 

      Total
      Families

AFDC UP 1
Two-Parent Families

TANF
Two-Parent Families

Total Recipients

Child Recipients

Fiscal Year

1962

924

48

NA

3,593

2,778

77.3

3.0

1964

984

60

NA

4,059

3,043

75.0

3.1

1966

1,074

62

NA

4,472

3,369

75.3

3.1

1968

1,310

67

NA

5,349

4,013

75.0

3.1

1970

1,906

78

NA

7,415

5,484

74.0

2.9

1972

2,918

134

NA

10,632

7,698

72.4

2.6

1974

3,170

93

NA

10,845

7,825

72.2

2.5

1975

3,357

100

NA

11,067

7,952

71.9

2.4

1976

3,575

135

NA

11,386

8,054

70.7

2.3

1977

3,593

149

NA

11,130

7,846

70.5

2.2

1978

3,539

128

NA

10,672

7,492

70.2

2.1

1979

3,496

114

NA

10,318

7,197

69.8

2.1

1980

3,642

141

NA

10,597

7,320

69.1

2.0

1981

3,871

209

NA

11,160

7,615

68.2

2.0

1982

3,569

232

NA

10,431

6,975

66.9

2.0

1983

3,651

272

NA

10,659

7,051

66.1

1.9

1984

3,725

287

NA

10,866

7,153

65.8

1.9

1985

3,692

261

NA

10,813

7,165

66.3

1.9

1986

3,748

254

NA

10,997

7,300

66.4

1.9

1987

3,784

236

NA

11,065

7,381

66.7

2.0

1988

3,748

210

NA

10,920

7,325

67.1

2.0

1989

3,771

193

NA

10,934

7,370

67.4

2.0

1990

3,974

204

NA

11,460

7,755

67.7

2.0

1991

4,374

268

NA

12,592

8,513

67.6

1.9

1992

4,768

322

NA

13,625

9,226

67.7

1.9

1993

4,981

359

NA

14,143

9,560

67.6

1.9

1994

5,046

363

NA

14,226

9,611

67.6

1.9

1995

4,871

335

NA

13,660

9,280

67.9

1.9

1996

4,543

301

NA

12,645

8,671

68.6

1.9

19972

3,937

256

NA

10,935

7,7812

71.22

2.02

1998

3,200

NA

162

8,790

6,273

71.4

2.0

1999

2,674

NA

125

7,188

5,319

74.0

2.0

2000

2,356

NA

132

6,324

4,598

72.7

2.0

2001

2,200

NA

119

5,761

4,233

73.5

1.9

2002

2,195

NA

118

5,656

4,149

73.3

1.9

2003

2,181

NA

116

5,518

4,075

73.9

1.9

2004

2,161

NA

114

5,377

3,993

74.3

1.8

2005

2,090

NA

108

5,118

3,818

74.6

1.8

2006

1,960

NA

98

4,741

3,565

75.2

1.8

2007

1,754

NA

62

4,138

3,165

76.5

1.8

2008

1,693

NA

63

3,982

3,044

76.5

1.8

2009

1,796

NA

86

4,254

3,222

75.7

1.8

2010

1,911

NA

101

4,573

3,421

74.8

1.8

2011

1,921

NA

104

4,600

3,435

74.7

1.8

2012

1,876

NA

94

4,476

3,352

74.9

1.8

2013

1,751

NA

83

4,102

3,091

75.3

1.8

Note: Beginning in 2000, all caseload numbers include SSP families.  AFDC-UP was limited to two-parent families where the principal earner was unemployed.  Two-parent families in which a parent was incapacitated were part of the AFDC-Basic caseload.

1 The AFDC Unemployed Parent program was replaced when the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 repealed AFDC and set up the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program no later than July 1, 1997.

2 Based on data from the AFDC reporting system that were available only for the first 9 months of the fiscal year.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (available online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf/data-reports).

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