The US government is handing out a record number of food stamps, which is one more statistic among many that suggests the recession is far from over for the average American. According to US government data compiled by the WSJ, 44 million Americans, or 14 percent of the total US population, is on food stamps.
The two states that receive the most food stamps have 20 percent of their population on it and 43 states have over 10 percent of their populations receiving it.
Moreover, the number of people receiving food stamps increased for every state compared to last year. In New Jersey, it jumped 23 percent.
Which state has the least percentage of people receiving food stamps? Interestingly, it’s Wyoming, which also happens to be one of the few states with a budget surplus and among the states with below 10 percent unemployment rates.
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