Thursday, December 9, 2010

Number of Americans relying on food stamps still on the rise - now at nearly 43 million

The Wall Street Journal notes the continuing rise of Americans relying on food stamps:
Some 42.9 million people collected food stamps last month, up 1.2% from the prior month and 16.2% higher than the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nationwide 14% of the population relied on food stamps as of September but in some states the percentage was much higher. In Washington, D.C., Mississippi and Tennessee – the states with the largest share of citizens receiving benefits – more than a fifth of the population in each was collecting food stamps.
In California, almost 3.5 million people count on food stamps - an uptick of 17.7% over September, 2009. Go here to read the entire article and see the individual stats for each state.