The Recovery Act’s Best-Kept Secret, Cont.
In an earlier post, I explained that the TANF Emergency Fund is helping to place some 180,000 low-income parents and youth who would otherwise be unemployed into paid jobs in the private and public sectors. The table below lists the estimated number of jobs in most of the 35 states that are operating jobs programs (or are planning to) using the fund.
But as I noted, most of those jobs will disappear by September 30 (and in many cases much sooner) unless Congress extends the fund. The tax “extenders” bill the House is likely to consider this week would extend the fund for a year — a sensible step given that unemployment is likely to remain high for some time.
|State Estimates of the Number of TANF ECF Subsidized Job Placements by September 30, 2010|
|State||Number of Placements Planned through September 30, 2010||Comments|
|California||35,000||Includes 15,000 summer youth in Los Angeles|
|District of Columbia||a|
|Georgia||20,000||Includes 15,000 youth, ages 14-18|
|Oklahoma||2,100||Includes 1,500 summer youth|
|Texas||51,000||Includes 27,000 summer youth|
|a — Number of jobs not available|
|Note: States (including some without and some with subsidized employment programs) also are using TANF Emergency Funds to cover the costs of short-term non-recurrent work supports for low-income working families. For example, several states are using TANF Emergency Funds for the increased costs of providing a refundable earned income tax credit to working families with children.
These data were collected from state TANF staff by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the National Transitional Jobs Network between January 28, 2010 and May 17, 2010.