Monday numbers

Monday numbers

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23—number of counties in North Carolina, mostly urban, where low-income people will lose food stamp benefits after three months  unless they can document they are working, volunteering or taking classes at least 20 hours a week. (“Food stamps will soon require 20 hours of work or classes in NC,” News & Observer, January 9, 2016)

77— number of additional, mostly rural counties with higher unemployment where low-income adults will lose their federally-funded food aid benefits as of July 1st unless they can document they are working, volunteering or taking classes at least 20 hours a week thanks to law enacted by the General Assembly last year and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (Ibid)

115,000—number of low-income people in North Carolina likely to lose food stamp benefits thanks to new requirements (Ibid)

83—number of counties in North Carolina where there are more jobless workers than job openings (“Unbelievable: Last minute bill would limit food assistance, expand hunger in NC,” Progressive Pulse, September 24, 2015)

80—percentage of people nationally subject to three-month time limit nationally who live in households with incomes below half of the poverty line (Approximately 1 Million Unemployed Childless Adults Will Lose SNAP Benefits in 2016 as State Waivers Expire, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 5, 2015)

40—percentage of people subject to three-month time limit who are women (Ibid)

32—percentage of people subject to three-month time limit who are over the age of 40 (Ibid)

40—average amount in dollars, of average week food assistance received by people who will lose benefits (Ibid)

2,200—amount in dollars of the average annual incomes of people subject to the three-month time limit for food benefits (Ibid)

11.5—unemployment rate in Scotland County, one of the 77 counties where many low-income adults will lose food assistance (N.C. Department of Commerce)

11.5—unemployment rate in Graham County, one of the 77 counties where many low-income adults may lose food assistance (Ibid)