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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 22


Indicator 22. Federal Aid to Families


Persons receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and federal income tax exemptions per dependent: 1950 to 1993

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          |    Number of    |          |                                           | Federal income
          |  recipients of  |Percent of|        Average monthly payment            |  tax exemption
          |AFDC\1\ payments,| children |-------------------------------------------|  per dependent
   Year   |  in thousands   | under 18 |   Current dollars   |Constant 1993 dollars|-----------------
          |-----------------|receiving |---------------------|---------------------|Current |Constant
          |Total\2\|Children|   AFDC   |     Per  |      Per |     Per  |      Per |dollars |  1993
          |        |under 18| payments |  family  |recipient |  family  |recipient |        | dollars
----------|--------|--------|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|--------|--------

1950 .....   2,233    1,661        3.9        $71        $21       $426        126     $600    3,598
1955 .....   2,192    1,661        3.0         85         23        458        124      600    3,235
1960 .....   3,073    2,370        3.7        108         28        527        137      600    2,929
1965 .....   4,396    3,316        5.0        137         33        628        151      600    2,752
1970 .....   9,659    7,033       10.5        190         50        708        186      625    2,328
1975 .....  11,404    8,106       12.9        229         72        615        193      750    2,014

1980 .....  11,101    7,599       13.2        288        100        505        175    1,000    1,754
1981 .....  10,613    7,125       12.1        302        103        480        164    1,000    1,590
1982 .....  10,504    6,972       12.0        310        106        464        159    1,000    1,497
1983 .....  10,865    7,130       12.4        321        110        466        160    1,000    1,451
1984 .....  10,740    7,114       12.4        335        115        466        160    1,000    1,391
1985 .....  10,924    7,247       12.6        341        118        458        158    1,040    1,397

1986 .....  11,065    7,374       12.7        358        122        472        161    1,080    1,424
1987 .....  10,862    7,296       12.6        358        123        455        156    1,900    2,417
1988 .....  10,920    7,325       12.7        369        126        451        154    1,950    2,382
1989 .....  10,934    7,370       12.5        378        130        440        151    2,000    2,331
1990 .....  11,464    7,761       13.2        379        131        419        145    2,050    2,266
1991 .....  12,568    8,015       12.3        390        135        414        143    2,150    2,281
1992......  13,625    8,816       13.3        383        134        394        138    2,300    2,369
1993......  14,144      ---        ---        377        133        377        133    2,350    2,350
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-Data not available.

/1/ The Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program provides cash support for low-income families with de-pendent children who have been deprived of parental support due to death, disability, continued absence of a parent, or unemployment.

/2/ Includes the children and one or both parents or one caretaker other than a parent in families where the needs of such adults were considered in determining the amount of assistance.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Statistical Abstract of the United States; Current Population Reports, Series P-20, Household and Family Characteristics, various years; and unpublished data. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration and Family Support Administration, unpublished data. U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Your Federal Income Tax, various years; and public information.

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