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21.3 Percent of U.S. Population Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month

Release Number: CB15-97

Approximately 52.2 million (or 21.3 percent) people in the U.S. participated in major means-tested government assistance programs each month in 2012, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Participation rates were highest for Medicaid (15.3 percent) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program (13.4 percent).

The average monthly participation rate in major means-tested programs increased from 18.6 percent in 2009 to 20.9 percent in 2011. However, from 2011 to 2012, there was no statistically significant change in the percentage of people who participated. From 2009 to 2012, the average monthly participation rates for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and SNAP increased, while the rate decreased for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/General Assistance.

“Participation in government programs is dynamic,” said Shelley Irving, an analyst with the Census Bureau’s Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division. “The Survey of Income and Program Participation shows how individuals move in and out of government programs and how long they participate in them.”

The largest share of participants (43.0 percent) in any of the public assistance programs stayed in the programs between 37 and 48 months. Additionally, 31.2 percent of people participated between one and 12 months between January 2009 and December 2012.

The report, Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs 2009–2012: Who Gets Assistance?, follows a sample of U.S. residents through the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Statistics are presented for the major means-tested programs by various demographic and socio-economic characteristics, and statistical comparisons are made to data collected from 2009 to 2012. A means test is a determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based on whether the individual or family has income and/or assets that fall below specified thresholds.

How Long Did People Participate in Programs?

Of people enrolled in Medicaid, 35.6 percent participated between one and 12 months and 35.3 percent participated between 37 and 48 months.

At 38.6 percent, the largest share of SNAP recipients participated between 37 and 48 months.

At 49.4 percent, the largest share of people receiving housing assistance benefits participated between 37 and 48 months.

Of people enrolled in the Supplemental Security Income program, 35.6 percent participated between one and 12 months, while 38.2 percent participated between 37 and 48 months.

At 62.9 percent, the largest share of people participating in TANF participated between one and 12 months.

Who Participated in 2012?

Children under age 18: Those under 18 were more likely to receive means-tested benefits than all other age groups.
o In an average month, 39.2 percent of children received some type of means-tested
benefit, compared with 16.6 percent of people age 18 to 64 and 12.6 percent of people
65 and older.

The black population: At 41.6 percent, blacks were more likely to participate in government assistance programs in an average month.
o The black participation rate was followed by Hispanics at 36.4 percent, Asians or Pacific
Islanders at 17.8 percent, and non-Hispanic whites at 13.2 percent.

Female-householder families: At 50 percent, people in female-householder families had the highest rates of participation in major means-tested programs.
o The rates for people in married-couple families and male-householder families were 14.7
percent and 29.5 percent, respectively.

Non-high school graduates: 37.3 percent of people who did not graduate from high school received means-tested benefits.
o 21.6 percent of high school graduates and 9.6 percent of individuals with one or more
years of college participated in one of the major means-tested government assistance
programs.

The unemployed: In an average month, 33.5 percent of the unemployed received means-tested benefits in an average month of 2012.
o By comparison, 25.3 percent of those not in the labor force, 17.6 percent of part-time
workers, and 6.7 percent of full-time workers participated in means-tested programs.

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Thank God for this great economy that Obama built or it would be much worse.
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Pretty sad so many jobs were sold overseas and this generation will never know the great economy I grew up and worked in.
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Pretty sad so many jobs were sold overseas and this generation will never know the great economy I grew up and worked in.
Yeah, it sucks when an over oppressive government taxes you so much, and unions suck so much out of you, that you are forced to move your business to another country in order to make a profit.
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Yeah, it sucks when an over oppressive government taxes you so much, and unions suck so much out of you, that you are forced to move your business to another country in order to make a profit.
Not to be mean, but the unions were a lot stronger and taxes higher when jobs were plentiful also the rich were doing great. Better quality of life, if a guy got a second job or his wife worked it was extra or to help through a hardship or to save money.
But we have argued this before. I'm just glad I have the memories however bitter sweet when looking at my kids' generation that has not much in the way of protection from shoddy goods or employee rights, not to mention their income is not as good compared to costs.
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Not to be mean, but the unions were a lot stronger and taxes higher when jobs were plentiful also the rich were doing great. Better quality of life, if a guy got a second job or his wife worked it was extra or to help through a hardship or to save money.
But we have argued this before. I'm just glad I have the memories however bitter sweet when looking at my kids' generation that has not much in the way of protection from shoddy goods or employee rights, not to mention their income is not as good compared to costs.
When was that?
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When was that?
The 60's and 70's.
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The 60's and 70's.
Ahhhh, when Germany (and Europe) were busily building their infrastructure
back up after the devastation that demolished most of their manufacturing capability during WWII.

Once they got up and running again, the death knell began to sound in American
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The black population: At 41.6 percent, blacks were more likely to participate in government assistance programs in an average month.
o The black participation rate was followed by Hispanics at 36.4 percent, Asians or Pacific
Islanders at 17.8 percent, and non-Hispanic whites at 13.2 percent.

Female-householder families: At 50 percent, people in female-householder families had the highest rates of participation in major means-tested programs.
o The rates for people in married-couple families and male-householder families were 14.7
percent and 29.5 percent, respectively.
Almost a quarter of the nation. I see the Obama legacy has been a success. I'm sure he was shootin' for half, but a quarter isn't too shabby of a start for only 8 years.

Blacks and women. Great, now we're racist and sexist.

I'm sure our liberal friends will be along shortly to explain to us how it's not blacks' fault for rating so high on the list. It's surly not their doing. I'm sure we'll hear the left ramble off a list of regurgitated and debunked excuses longer than my womb ferret. Because, ya know, it's never their fault. It's always someone else's. No responsibility needed.
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Ahhhh, when Germany (and Europe) were busily building their infrastructure
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Once they got up and running again, the death knell began to sound in American
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Um...we were building our infrastructure too as I recall. The Interstate called "95" was built making it much easier to travel all the way up the eastern seaboard for one thing. .
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