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Brace for surge in applicants; 23,000 coming off welfare

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Pennsylvania employers can expect to see more applicants at their doorsteps starting this month. The level of welfare recipients isn't falling fast enough for the federal government, so the state must find jobs for thousands.

Federal law requires states to place 50 percent of single welfare recipients and 90 percent of those in two-parent welfare households into job training, community service or paid work. Otherwise, they'll lose federal funding.

Pennsylvania must add 23,000 recipients to the work force, putting pressure on employers with entry-level jobs available. Applicants may also come with employer challenges, such as poor work histories, attendance problems and intensive training needs.

The good news: You can take advantage of tax breaks for hiring welfare-to-work applicants. For information, go to www.dli.state.pa.us, click on Publications in the left column, and then select Welfare-to-Work.  

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