The New York Times Economix blog makes the case that what many moms need more than anything is good public support programs that will help them get back to work. Single moms in particular are in desperate need of employment programs: they’re more likely to be without a job than their married counterparts, and they rely on their income more.
What should we do about it?
The answer, according to Economix, is to provide publically funded jobs programs aimed at single parents. These programs would have the advantage of getting moms into the workforce right away, and provide them with more income and stability than the current array of aid programs. The present-day manifestation of welfare has moms and kids living below the poverty line in every state, and there’s a lifetime cap of 60 months that you can receive benefits.
To make ends meet, single moms need to work.
Can jobs programs really help them? Economix things so. They write:
A recent study of public job-creation efforts for low-income parents by LaDonna Pavetti, Liz Schott, and Elizabeth Lower-Basch and co-published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for Law and Social Policy showed that several states used fiscal stimulus funds effectively to this end.
Some subsidized programs exceeded their goals: Illinois intended to place about 15,000 individuals in subsidized jobs and ended up placing more than 30,000. More than 60,000 applied – poignant testimony to the desire for jobs.
If these job creation programs are so good, why aren’t they more popular? They’re politically challenging to get support for, which is a shame because the evidence cited above seems to suggest that they work.
What do you think should be done to help more moms find jobs?
Photo: Argonne National Laboratory