TANF Emerging from the Downturn a Weaker Safety Net : State-By-State Fact Sheets
Updated November 19, 2013
Nationally, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), which provides basic assistance to families with little or no income, responded only modestly to the severe recession that began in December 2007, and the national TANF caseload began to decline in January 2011. State TANF caseloads varied widely in their responsiveness during the recession, growing substantially in some states but changing little in many others.
The variation among states widened during the recovery that began in June 2009, as some states made significant policy or programmatic changes that led to substantial caseload declines. By December 2012, the caseload levels in more than half the states were at or below the level from December 2006, a year before the start of the recession. This occurred even though the national unemployment rate in December 2012, at 7.8 percent, was far above the December 2006 level of 4.4 percent.
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