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Welfare by the Numbers

January 1, 1998
Related Topics: Workforce Planning, Featured Article
Here are some important statistics and numbers related to welfare recipients and employing people on welfare.

  • 94 percent of welfare recipients don’t have automobiles.
  • 80 percent of welfare recipients traditionally quit or are fired within 16 months of starting a new job.
  • 70 percent to 80 percent of welfare recipients who complete training programs before starting a job stay in their new jobs.
  • 66.3 percent of women on welfare have recent work experience. Most have more than four years’ work experience.
  • 62.8 percent of companies don’t hire welfare applicants or don’t have a well-defined program because of the lack of information about welfare recipients.
  • 58 percent of all welfare recipients have completed high school or a higher level of education.
  • 37 percent of welfare recipients are African-American.
  • 36 percent of welfare recipients are white.
  • 31 years is the age of the average adult receiving welfare.
  • 21 percent of welfare recipients are Hispanic.
  • 11 million people, or 4 percent of the population, will remain on welfare this year, the lowest number since 1970.
  • 4 million U.S. families currently receive welfare.
  • 2 is the average number of children in families who receive welfare.

SOURCE: The Welfare to Work Partnership, Washington, D.C.; and "Hire Resources," September 1997, published by The David Institute, Cleveland.

Workforce, January 1998, Vol. 77, No. 1, p. 36.

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