ERIC Number: ED430089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Welfare Reform. Information on Former Recipients' Status. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate, and the Chairman, Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) reviewed reports published by seven states (Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin) regarding the status of their families who have left welfare. The families discussed in the reports were estimated to account for approximately 8 percent of the number of families to leave welfare nationwide between October 1993 and June 1997. According to the reports, most adults in former welfare families were employed at some time after leaving welfare. Little else was known about their family well-being, however. Employment rates ranged from 61% to 87% for adults in the former welfare families; however, little is known about their household income. Between 19% and 30% of those who left the welfare rolls returned to them. The average hourly wage of former welfare clients ranged from $5.67 in Tennessee to $8.09 in Washington. (Nine tables/figures are included. Appended are the following: information about the study's scope and methodology; reports from states' studies of families who left welfare; information on selected grants awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to families leaving welfare; comments from the Department of Health and Human Services; and names of major contributors to the report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Analysis, Economic Status, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Salary Wage Differentials, State Programs, Trend Analysis, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013; Tel: 202-512-6000; Fax: 202-512-6061; Web site: http://www.gao.gov (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.