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Wisconsin Works (welfare) participation in Wisconsin

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Why This Indicator Matters

The number of people getting cash assistance from W-2 has declined significantly in recent years, putting poor families and their children at greater risk of hardship. Read more from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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Definition and Source



Wisconsin Works, or W-2, Wisconsin's welfare to work Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This indicator shows the average monthly number of paid placements providing a cash benefit in each county for that year. 

Paid placements include Community Service Jobs, Caring for a Newborn, At Risk Pregnancy, and W-2 Transition placements.

These data may have been influenced by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in 2020.

Data Source

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families:

Last Updated

December 2022