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For Welfare Reform to Work, Jobs Must Be Available

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Publication Date: April 2004

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Heather Boushey; David Rosnick

Topic: Labor (Employment and labor supply)

Keywords: Unemployment benefits; Retail industry; Job displacement

Type: Report

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.