Published: April 28, 2015
Welfare is a social service created by the government to ensure assistance to disadvantaged groups. This assistance comes in welfare payments, health care, food stamps and special payments for pregnant women and young mothers as well as housing benefits. 11,400,000 individuals are on welfare in the United States.
41,700,000 Americans are on food stamps while 10,200,000 are on unemployment insurance. These numbers may seem overwhelming, but in reality only 4.1% of Americans are on welfare. The government spends annual sum of $131.9 billion dollars supporting those who need welfare to survive.
Breaking down those on welfare into racial statistics, the differences between white and black are almost nonexistent. 38.8% of Whites in the U.S. are on welfare, while 39.8% of Blacks accept welfare assistance. Comparing this percentage to the population, it is a small and narrow majority. Hispanics make up 15.7% of those who seek welfare aid, followed by Asians (2.4%) and Other (3.3%).
The maximum you can make a month and still receive welfare is $1,000. 39 out of 50 of states in the U.S. pay more than $8 under the Welfare program. Out of the remaining eleven, six of these states pay more than $12 an hour under welfare.
The majority of those on welfare who are families with dependent children is 2-5 years (26.9%), while the minority takes 7 to 12 months to release themselves from the aid (15.2%). The state with the highest earning wage equivalent in welfare is Hawaii at $17.50, with Virginia at the bottom with $11.11.