The United Stated Department of Agriculture reported individuals receiving food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) increased by 607,559 to 47,710,324 individuals in September versus August's enrollment. The number of households receiving food stamps increased just under 300,000 to 22,973,698. These are record levels of usage for the program with monthly cost totaling over $6.4 billion, nearly doubling in just four years. This data is further confirmation that Friday's job report (discussed yesterday's post: Not So Golden Retirement Years Is Fallout From Weak Friday Employment Report) was not as strong as the reported unemployment rate might suggest.
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