Food stamps used by 21% of Louisianans
Slightly more than one in five Louisiana residents were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, as of March, according to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Census Bureau. With total enrollment at 951,535, roughly 21% of all Louisianans are relying on food stamps to make ends meet. Only Washington, D.C, at 23%, and Mississippi, at 22%, have a higher percentage of their population on food stamps. Enrollment in Tennessee, New Mexico and Oregon is also at 21%. As The Wall Street Journal reports, 8% of all Americans were enrolled in the food stamp program in 1975. Nationwide participation is 15% today. Enrollment soared to 47.8 million Americans in recent months, an increase of 70%. Since 1990, the number of people using food stamps has risen by 140%. And while the Congressional Budget Office predicts unemployment will drop to 4.6% by 2017, SNAP enrollment is only expected to drop to 43.3 million people. The full story and an interactive map of food stamp use in every state can be found here.
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