For Welfare Reform to Work, Jobs Must Be Available
Publication Date: April 2004
Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research
Keywords: Unemployment benefits; Retail industry; Job displacement
Coverage: United States
As Congress debates significant changes to the Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act, commonly known as welfare reform, they should take into account the hardships that higher unemployment has caused for low-income women and their families. This paper looks at labor market trends since the last recession to uncover the prospects for families leaving welfare.