Performance Measure
Measure Name
Percentage of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants engaged in a work activity (TANF Work Participation Rate)
Measure Last Modified
Nov 19 2019 11:32
Measure Last Published
May 16 2019 09:11
Measure Status
Data Source and Calculation

Data source for this measure is the Employment Services Program Automated System (ESPAS). Calculation: The federal participation rate equals the number of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cases with a work-eligible individual who is enrolled in the Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW) program and participates in countable work activities for a requisite number of hours divided by the total number of TANF cases with a work eligible individual. The official state work participation rate is calculated by the Federal Administration for Children and Families based on more complete data files submitted quarterly.

Enterprise Priorities and Strategies
Enterprise InitiativeEnterprise PriorityEnterprise Strategy
WorkforceSupply and DemandAlign Virginia’s workforce to meet current and anticipated employer demands with career pathways and training solutions for dislocated, underemployed, and future workers.
Associated Service Areas
SA CodeSA Name
45212Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Employment Services
46010Local Staff and Operations
Measure ID76545212.001.002
Measure ClassAgency Key
Measure TypeOutcome
Year TypeState FY
Preferred TrendIncrease
Cumulative DataNo
Statistical Unitpercent of TANF participants
Baseline and Targets
Target NameDateResultNote
Short Target 202006/30/202050
Long Target 202206/30/202250
Measure Results
YearQ1Q2Q3Q4Explanatory Note
200555.6049.9040.7044.00The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) requires states to achieve a 50 percent work participation rate, but gives states credit for reductions in their TANF caseload. With its caseload reduction credit, Virginia has met the federally-required work participation rate. Where available for data for FY 2005 and later, final calculations from federal sources (ACF) will be reported. If not available at the time of reporting, provisional rates based on state calculations will be reported until the ACF rates are made available to the states.
201243.3042.8044.5044.60Due to the recent economic recession (from December 2007 through mid-2009), continued higher than average unemployment rates, and fewer new jobs being created, it continues to be a challenge for individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to find employment.
201344.1044.4243.6043.50Revised estimate based on more current data.
201442.4044.8043.5043.10Revised estimate based on more current data..
201543.6045.0044.3045.00Revised estimate based on more current data.
201645.1044.7045.5045.30Revised estimate based on more current data.
201744.7046.5034.1035.60Starting with the 3rd quarter of SFY 2017, Benefit Programs transitioned to a new administrative system (VaCMS) to manage TANF. New data reports were completed as of 2018. There are significant differences between the legacy and new systems in how the TANF work participation rates are computed.
201939.2039.3039.4041.70The quarterly rate is based on an average for the three months in the quarter. The last month's rate was 42.3+.
- Run Date: 02/27/2020 02:42:41