Thursday, November 29, 2012

Long-term Unemployment: Food Stamps and Unemployment Insurance

Post-Recession Blues
I previously posted a graph showing that 40% of the unemployed have been unemployed for 27-weeks or longer (long-term unemployment).  Since the rise in food stamps has been a post-recession topic of choice I decided to go ahead and include it in a graph with long-term unemployment.  I also included the percent of unemployed receiving unemployment insurance just for the heck of it.

Food stamp data from the USDA and unemployment data derived from FRED.  Monthly data available only from October 2008 to August 2012.
Ain't it odd how the Federal Food Stamp program became the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in October 2008 of all months? 
They even have statistics by state available at the USDA site.  So I decided to make another graph.  I used 2011 population estimates to make a state by state breakdown.
State by state breakdown of food stamp participation for August 2012 using 2011 population estimates from wikipedia, also available at FRED.

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