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More than 1.4 million fewer households are enrolled in food stamps program since Trump took office


Enrollment in the USDA's SNAP program has had greater decline since February 2017

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More than 1.4 million fewer households are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program since President Donald Trump's first full month in office, data released last week showed.

Between February 2017 and October 2018, the number of households enrolled in SNAP dropped from 20,839,269 to 19,410,711, a decline of 1,428,558 households. And the cost of benefits per household also dropped from $253.47 to $247.99 over the same period.

Similarly, the number of individuals enrolled overall since February 2017 has fallen by 3,619,048, according to the report.

During the fiscal year 2018, the number of individuals enrolled in the program declined every month.

Overall enrollment in SNAP has had a steady downturn since 2013, but the decline has been greater over the past two years.

Does that mean more people are working?

The nation's unemployment rate has also steadily fallen to some of the lowest rates in nearly 50 years under the Trump administration, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

Unemployment edged up slightly from 3.9 percent in December to 4 percent in January.

In February 2017, the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. By March 2017, the rate had fallen to 4.4 percent and to 4.1 percent by February 2018. In September 2018, unemployment fell to 3.7 percent, the lowest rate since 1969.

Unemployment has remained below 4.1 percent for the past 12 months.

Breakdown of USDA data from fiscal years 2016 to 2019

Here's a breakdown of the number of people enrolled each fiscal year since 2016, using data from the USDA's latest report.

FY2019: 38,515,253 at a cost of $124.98 per person for total of $4,819,663.074, since Oct. 1, 2018.
FY 2018: 40,324,454 at a cost of $125.25 per person for a total of $60,607,759,634.
FY2017: 42,123,703 at a cost of $125.82 per person or a total of $63,601,220,818.
FY2016: 44,219,363 at a cost of $125.40 per person or a total of $66,539,351,219.

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