Economy

Changes In Welfare Caseloads By State

Welfare caseloads have been going up in most states over the past year, but not in all of them. In fact, cases are going down in some areas — such as Michigan — where the economy has been hit hardest.

 
More Cases (32)
State Last month of data Change in past year
UtahMarch29%
OregonMay27.2%
South CarolinaMarch23.1%
New MexicoMarch20%
WashingtonMay18.4%
ColoradoMarch14.6%
FloridaJune14.2%
MarylandApril14.2%
New HampshireJune13.4%
IdahoApril11.5%
OhioMarch10.8%
CaliforniaMarch10.4%
WyomingMarch9.3%
North CarolinaJune9.2%
NevadaMarch9.1%
VirginiaApril8.9%
ArizonaMarch7.5%
MinnesotaMay5.9%
TennesseeDecember5.7%
MassachusettsApril5.4%
IowaMay4.4%
WisconsinMarch3.9%
KansasMarch3.7%
IllinoisMay3.0%
MissouriApril2.8%
AlabamaMarch2.5%
South DakotaMarch1.5%
New YorkMarch1.2%
ArkansasMay0.7%
ConnecticutMay0.2%
KentuckyApril0.1%
PennsylvaniaMay0.1%
Fewer Cases, or Unchanged (12)
State Last month of data Change in past year
TexasApril-9.5%
NebraskaApril-5.5%
MontanaMarch-5.5%
IndianaApril-5.3%
AlaskaMarch-5.1%
GeorgiaApril-5.0%
MichiganApril-4.8%
District of ColumbiaApril-3.4%
New JerseyMarch-1.1%
OklahomaMarch-0.5%
LouisianaMay-0.4%
MississippiMarch0.0%
 

NOTE: Data not available for all states.

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, Wall Street Journal

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