Thousands Join Ranks of Unemployed as TANF Program Expires

TANF is Expiring, Here Comes the Bread LinesThis past Thursday (September 30, 2010) saw an end to employment for tens of thousands who were given temporary jobs, mostly over the summer, through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, as this program came to its natural conclusion on September 30. This program placed youth and disadvantaged parents, in a ratio of about 1:1 into jobs throughout 37 states. About 250,000 were employed through this program which was funded by Congress for about $5 billion, about $1 billion of which was used for the employment program and the rest of the funding used for cash grants, food programs, housing help and other types of aid.What will become of these newly unemployed is unfortunately quite predictable, as they join the ranks of the already unemployed. The percentage of those looking for employment throughout the US is already hovering at the high figure of 9.6% nationwide. It seems likely that this additional quarter million who will now be looking for work will be competing for the limited number of job opportunities available and will most likely add to this unemployment figure.

Alyssa Anderson

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