Dismal Economy Leads to Record Number on Food Stamps


Food stamps went to a record 46.68 million Americans in July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday — the same day the White House announced the lowest monthly unemployment rate during President Barack Obama’s term.

And one of the biggest monthly jumps in food stamp use came in **Illinois, Obama’s home state, **beaten out only by West Virginia where flooding affected agricultural employment.

Food-stamp participation was up by 11,532 from June and 2.9 percent higher than a year earlier, the USDA said. The number rose in part because of the local drought and flooding conditions.

The average amount of food stamps per person in July totaled $134.20, the USDA said.

U.S. Food-Stamp Use at Record 46.68 Million in July, USDA Says

Of course Obama will win the state of Illinois