Terence P. Jeffrey: “Food Stamp Recipients Outnumber Women Who Work Full-Time” – CNS News

Posted on :Apr 14, 2014

By: Terence P. Jeffrey

CNS News

April 14, 2014

People participating in the food stamp program outnumbered the women  who worked full-time, year-round in the United States in 2012, according  to data from the Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau.

In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of  Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the food  stamp program (formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance  Program). That contrasts with the 44,059,000 women who worked full-time,  year-round in 2012, according to the Census Bureau’s report on Income,  Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States.

For each woman who worked full-time, year-round in 2012, there was  slightly more than 1 other person collecting food stamps.

Food Stamp Recipients and Women Who Work Full-Time

In 2013, the average number of people on food stamps increased to  47,636,000. The Census Bureau will not publish its report on Income,  Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage for 2013, which includes the data  on women working full-time, until September.

The Department of Agriculture’s website lists the annual average  number of food stamps participants going back to 1969. That year, there  were only 2,878,000 people on food stamps. Since then, food stamps  participants have increased by 44,758,000—or about 1,552 percent.

In 1969, there were 15,678,000 women who worked full-time, year-round  in the United States. Through 2012, their numbers had increased by  28,381,000—or about 181 percent.

Since 1969, there have been three years when the number of Americans  taking food stamps outnumbered the women who worked full time,  year-round. In 1976, there were 18,549,000 food stamps participants, and  only 18,372,000 women working full-time. Then, in 2011, there were  44,709,000 food stamp participants and 43,702,000 women who worked  full-time. (The Census Bureau has not published data for the number of women who worked full-time, year-round in 1974.)

So far, 2011 and 2012 are the only back-to-back years on record when  the number of Americans taking food stamps outnumbered the women working  full-time year-round.

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