Sunday, June 21, 2009

Numbers on Welfare See Sharp Increase Year-Over-Year (OR +27.2%, SC +23.1%, WA +18.3%, CO +16%, MD +14.2%...)

Just read a good WSJ article discussing the nationwide increases seen in the number of welfare recipients.


* Twenty-three of the thirty largest states have seen an annual increase in welfare case loads. The biggest increases are generally found in the states with the highest unemployment rates.

* Welfare cases peaked at above 5 million in 1995. In Sep 2008, most recent date on record, the number of welfare cases were 1.6 million.

* The number of food stamp recipients has increased over the last year at a greater rate than welfare recipients. The criteria to qualify for food stamps is easier than qualifying for welfare. In general, people with an income less than $2297 per month can qualify for food stamps. Additional details on food stamp programs can be found at the US Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) site.

* Average monthly welfare benefit in 2006 was $372 (Source: Sarah Murray)

Annual shift in welfare usage among top 30 most populous states (Source).

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