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Number of Welfare Recipients Rises Sharply

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

The number of people claiming welfare has gone up in 23 of the 30 largest states since last year. The biggest increases can be found in states with the highest unemployment rates. The new figures are troublesome considering how difficult it is to qualify for welfare, which caters only to the very poor. In a time of recession and few jobs, many others may be slipping through the cracks because they don’t qualify for help.

The Wall Street Journal:

Welfare rolls, which were slow to rise and actually fell in many states early in the recession, now are climbing across the country for the first time since President Bill Clinton signed legislation pledging “to end welfare as we know it” more than a decade ago.

Twenty-three of the 30 largest states, which account for more than 88% of the nation’s total population, see welfare caseloads above year-ago levels, according to a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal and the National Conference of State Legislatures. As more people run out of unemployment compensation, many are turning to welfare as a stopgap.

The biggest increases are in states with some of the worst jobless rates. Oregon’s count was up 27% in May from a year earlier; South Carolina’s climbed 23% and California’s 10% between March 2009 and March 2008. A few big states that had seen declining welfare caseloads just a few months ago now are seeing increases: New York is up 1.2%, Illinois 3% and Wisconsin 3.9%. Welfare rolls in a few big states, Michigan and New Jersey among them, still are declining.

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By Individual, December 15, 2009 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment
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Does it really make sense to pay people not to work? I’ve always found necessity to be a great motivating factor in my life.
By allowing the Federal government to redistribute the money earned by those who work creates a situation where the least valuable members of the society are able to assure that the least desirable politicians are able to perpetually permeate the government.
Democracy works fairly well only when exercised within a small society made up of individuals that are closely connected to one another. As it expands into adjacent societies, it becomes a means of oppression. Envy leads to the oppression of some justified by the benefit provided to others.

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By brunofan101, October 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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No we need to limit welfare to one year and make that the limit for how long you can have welfare people on welfare dont work for a job they dont need to when money is thrown at them

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By boggs, June 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

What we really need is some of that change we heard Obama talk so much about, what happened to all that BS.

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By boggs, June 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

What a brilliant article. No kidding, welfare is up?
Who woulda suspected such?
What a wasted read that was!

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By Louise, June 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

No, what poor people need is some of the multi-millions that have been going to the uber-rich welfare rats for generations!

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By Ed Harges, June 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

What these poor people need is a US war against Iran!

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