OFA Releases the TANF Work Participation Rates for FY 2017

The TANF work participation rates for FY 2017 have been released and posted on the OFA website. Nationwide, in FY 2017, the overall work participation rate was 53.0 percent, while the two-parent rate was 69.5 percent. For FY 2017, nine states and territories failed one or both work participation rates.

While the FY 2017 national average exceeds the 50-percent requirement for all families and both rates represent historic high levels, this does not necessarily reflect increased state effort to engage recipients in work activities. Many states have adopted strategies that make it easier to meet the rate such as providing token payments to low-income working families not otherwise receiving assistance, or serving families in a solely state-funded program to remove them from the calculation entirely.

See TANF Work Participation Rates for FY 2017