Indiana was the only state that failed to meet its target rate for work participation for families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Those rates vary from state to state depending on the size of caseloads and success in reducing them.
Indiana's target rate was 27.1 percent, but it had only 26.7 percent of TANF families participating in work-related activities, which include job training. The 2006 performance compared with a target rate of 33.4 percent in federal fiscal year 2005 and an actual rate of 30.9 percent, according to tables posted on the Web site of the Office of Family Assistance in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"Indiana's welfare-to-work problems didn't just appear in 2005," FSSA spokesman Marcus Barlow said.
However, tables posted on the Web site indicate that before 2005, Indiana met its target rates every year since at least 2002. Also, since 2005, Indiana has been the only state that has failed to meet the federally set targets for all TANF families participating in work activities.
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