What Happens to Welfare-to-Work without Jobs?

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Welfare reform was designed for good times, but what happens in a recession? In just four years, welfare-to-work programs have provided jobs for almost a million Californians who didn't have them before. In a growing service economy, they've often been jobs that didn't require much skill. But with the current recession, many of those low and unskilled employees are the first to be laid off. What do they do now? We ask a welfare-to-work single mother who's hours have been cut in half, an LA County social service officer, and an economist-turned-research scientist at USC's Marshall School of Business.
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Beyond Shelter

California's Welfare-to-Work Program

LA County Department of Public Social Services

Milken Institute


Santa Clarita



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton