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What is the Welfare Situation in the United States?

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welfare-scamdstampsIf you have ever wondered what the welfare situation is in the United States, we have the statistics here to provide you with an interesting look. The data has been provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the CATO Institute.

First, we should define welfare. Welfare is defined as the public or private aid for groups that are disadvantaged. This can include food stamps, health care using Medicaid, Welfare payments, and federal and state housing programs.

According to the statistics, which were released in September of 2013, there are a total of 12,800,000 Americans using welfare. There are 46,700,000 Americans using food stamps. There are 5,600,000 Americans using unemployment insurance. The percent of the country’s population using welfare amounts to 4.1 percent. The government spends some $131.9 billion per year on welfare. This number does not include unemployment or food stamps.

The demographics for welfare are as follows:

  • Percent of recipients who are white: 38.8 percent
  • Percent of recipients who are black: 39.8 percent
  • Percent of recipients who are Hispanic: 15.7 percent
  • Percent of recipients who are Asian: 2.4 percent
  • Percent of recipients who are Other: 3.3 percent

According to the data, you can still make $1,000 per month and be on welfare. In the country, there are 39 states where welfare pays more than an $8 per hour job.

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Authored by: Andrew Ostler

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