Friday, January 13, 2017

SNAP Participation Declines In 2016

The number of people participating in SNAP has declined by more than 4 million, or 9%, since peaking in December 2012, reflecting the program’s responsiveness to an improving economy, as well as the effects of the reimposition of the three-month time limit for unemployed childless adults.

The share of the population participating in SNAP has returned to 2011 levels, and is projected to continue to fall. The number of SNAP participants in an average month of 2016 was 3.4% lower than in 2015. The SNAP caseload declines have been widespread; the share of the population receiving SNAP was lower in 2016 than in 2013 in 45 states.

SNAP spending also has fallen. SNAP outlays fell for the third straight year and were 4% lower in 2016 than in 2015. In 2016 SNAP spending dropped to its lowest point since 2010, and more than 11% below 2013 peak levels. (These figures refer to nominal spending, not adjusted for inflation.)

Source: Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 12/29/16, SNAP Participation

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