HUFFINGTON POST
03/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Welfare System Failing To Grow As Economy Lags

WASHINGTON -- Despite soaring unemployment and the worst economic crisis in decades, 18 states cut their welfare rolls last year, and nationally the number of people receiving cash assistance remained at or near the lowest in more than 40 years.

The trends, based on an analysis of new state data collected by The New York Times, raise questions about how well a revamped welfare system with great state discretion is responding to growing hardships.

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