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Food Stamp Recipients in US / The majority are now working-age americans

A recent Associated Press report revealed that the majority of food stamp recipients are working age Americans. This presents a dramatic shift from the days when the youngest and oldest Americans constituted the majority of recipients.

One in seven Americans are currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey finds that people between 18 and 59 years of age have amounted to over 50 percent of the households acquiring food stamps as of 2009. Statistics also show that the number of workers who received some college education has increased since 1980: Almost 30 percent of households that receive food stamps are now led by someone with some higher education. Both full-time and part-time workers also saw a jump in food stamp assistance, reaching 17 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

 

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at The Majority Of Food Stamp Recipients Are Now Working-Age Americans | ThinkProgress.

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