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U.S. Food-Stamp Use Reaches Record 45.3 Million, USDA Says

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The number of Americans receiving food stamps reached a record 45.345 million in July, the government said.

The number was 0.4 percent higher than the previous month and 8.4 percent more than a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today in statement on its website. Numbers had fallen in June because of a decrease in people needing emergency assistance related to storms and flooding. Assistance rolls are increasing again as joblessness remains at 9.1 percent of the U.S. workforce.

Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program had set records every month since December 2008, during a global financial crisis that caused more than $2 trillion of writedowns and credit losses. Texas had the most food-stamp recipients in July, 4.051 million, followed by California with 3.776 million, according to the USDA.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alan Bjerga in Washington at abjerga@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth in Chicago at sstroth@bloomberg.net.

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