AFRICANGLOBE – Most Black people believe that more whites are on welfare, and most white people that more Blacks are on welfare. So who’s right? Well, here are the facts according to a newly released 2016 report by the US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, CATO Institute.
Number of Americans receiving food stamps: 41,700,000
Number of Americans on unemployment insurance: 10,200,000
Percentage of the US population on welfare: 35.4%
Total government spending on welfare annually: $131.9 billionSo how many Blacks vs whites?Well, believe it or not, the numbers are actually about the same. There are just about as many whites on welfare as there are Blacks.
Percent of welfare recipients who are white: 38.8%
Percent of welfare recipients who are black: 39.8%
(Note: Many people confuse these statistics. This does not mean that 38.8% of all white Americans, and 39.8% of all Black Americans are on welfare. It means that 39.8% of all the actual welfare recipients are Black, and 38.8% of all the welfare recipients are white.)
And contrary to popular belief, a lot less immigrants are on welfare.
Percent of welfare recipients who are Hispanic: 15.7%
Percent of welfare recipients who are Asian: 2.4%
Percent of welfare recipients who are Other: 3.3%
(Note: Again, this does not mean that 15.7% of all Hispanic Americans and 2.4% of all Asian Americans are on welfare. It is referring to the percentage of welfare recipients)
Those numbers might shock you but the numbers don’t lie, and these are federal government statistics!
So what exactly is welfare anyways?
According to StatisticBrains.com: “Welfare is the organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups. Aid could include general Welfare payments, health care through Medicaid, food stamps, special payments for pregnant women and young mothers, and federal and state housing benefits. The Welfare system in the United States began in the 1930s, during the Great Depression.”
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