Wednesday, October 19, 2016
SNAP PARTICIPATION CONTINUES DROPPING
SNAP participation averaged 43,369,684 people in July 2016, a decrease of 2,137,387 compared with July 2015. This is the lowest SNAP national participation level since October 2010. The downward SNAP participation trend likely reflects a mix of factors: on the one hand, improved economic conditions have lessened financial need among some households; on the other hand, harsh time limits have pushed certain jobless adults off the rolls. SNAP participation declined in 40 states and the District of Columbia between July 2015 and July 2016. Six of the ten states (Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Pennsylvania) with year-over-the-year SNAP increases ranked among the eight states with the biggest job loss in oil and gas rigs as a share of total employment.
Source: Food Research & Action Council, 10/13/16, SNAP Participation