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Low-wage single moms were hit hard by the nation’s weak job market over the past couple of years, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs did little to help, according to a recent report by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. After steep increases in the mid to late 1990s, the proportion of single mothers who are employed declined since 2000. Former welfare recipients experienced job losses or slow downs in every industry where they found work. Despite this rise in unemployment among single mothers, though, the number of families receiving TANF cash assistance has remained relatively unchanged. [06/28/04]

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