Food Stamp Enrollment Climbs

Monday, 07 Jul 2014 06:43 AM

By Elliot Jager

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The number of Americans on food stamps has increased under President Barack Obama, Breitbart reported.

"When Obama entered office in Jan. 2009, 31.9 million individuals received food stamp benefits. As of Mar. 2014, (the latest available data reported by the Department of Agriculture), 46,097,719 people received food stamps," Breitbart reported. That's an increase of roughly 14 million.

The Obama administration has pointed to June's jobs report, which showed a fifth straight month of job growth, as indicating progress toward economic recovery. The president said the improvement would be stronger if Republicans were willing to cooperate with him.

Citing The New York Times, Breitbart argues that part-time jobs comprised 67 percent of all new jobs in June. "The labor market remains much weaker than the last time the unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent, just before Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008," the Times reported

What is more, Breitbart said, pointing to a tweet by economist Ben Casselman, now with Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, is that, "For the 49th time in 50 months, more jobseekers gave up looking than found work."

Food stamp enrollment has fluctuated during the Obama administration dropping below 47 million as of February 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported.

During the 2001-2009 George W. Bush presidency, food stamp enrollment increased from 17 million to 33 million. The financial crisis began in September 2008.

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