The Labor Market Participation Of Single Mothers

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This group that is being proposed will be a group to assist unemployed single mothers become self-sufficient. This group will be for all women of ethnic. background. A survey conducted by Raise the Nation, estimate that almost 38% of single mothers live below the poverty line, as a result of lack of education (Lowry 2010).
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (2009) states that one out of every eight women who are the head of household for their families are unemployed. Increased employment was a central goal of the 1996 welfare reform. The labor market participation of single mothers has been a primary focus of welfare literature since then. Lerman & Ratcliffe (2001) write:
Moving welfare recipients from welfare to work was the primary goal of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. The act had generated increases in employment among mothers heading families (single mother), the group most likely to receive welfare (p. 3).
As Kimmel (1998) states: particularly for single mothers, inadequate childcare options can be a obstacle to labor force participation. Without sufficient childcare, the trials of motherhood and employment can be taxing.
Single mothers represent a group vulnerable to extensive contact with poverty.
Groups that provided childcare, transportation, and group reminders had the highest participation.
Research has shown that the strength of women groups is support (Kees & Leech, p.425). Support will be seen by addressing the…
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