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Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

What does this measure?

The average percentage of people of all ages receiving public assistance each month. This includes both major welfare programs: Family Assistance and Safety Net. Safety Net covers single adults, children living without their parents, and others not eligible for Family Assistance.

Why is this important?

This measure represents the numbers of individuals dependent upon government support for their basic needs.

How is our region performing?

In 2017, 2.6% of residents in the region were receiving public assistance on average each month, compared to 2.8% in the state. Rates in the region (and state) had been rising since 2008, when they were their lowest for the decade, but have decreased since 2015. Monroe had the highest rate at 3.4% in 2017 followed by Orleans at 2.6%. Since 2001, Monroe's rate has consistently been around 3 times that of the surrounding counties.

Notes about the data

National data were not available in comparable form. Data do not necessarily reflect the actual number of people eligible for this benefit, only those who receive it.

People Receiving Temporary Assistance
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS3.6%3.2%3.2%3.3%3.2%3.0%2.8%2.7%2.7%2.8%2.9%2.9%2.9%2.9%2.9%2.8%2.8%
NYS (excluding NYC)1.8%1.7%1.7%1.8%1.7%1.6%1.5%1.5%1.6%1.8%1.9%2.0%2.0%2.0%2.0%1.8%1.7%
Region3.1%3.0%3.0%3.2%3.1%3.0%2.9%2.8%2.8%3.0%3.2%3.2%3.3%3.4%3.1%2.8%2.6%
Monroe4.3%4.1%4.1%4.5%4.3%4.1%4.0%3.9%3.9%4.1%4.3%4.4%4.5%4.5%4.1%3.7%3.4%
Surrounding Counties1.2%1.2%1.2%1.3%1.3%1.2%1.1%1.0%1.1%1.2%1.3%1.3%1.5%1.6%1.5%1.4%1.3%
Genesee1.0%0.9%1.0%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.0%1.0%1.0%0.9%1.0%1.0%1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.1%
Livingston1.6%1.7%1.8%1.8%1.6%1.4%0.9%1.1%1.4%1.6%1.8%1.9%2.4%2.5%2.3%2.1%2.1%
Ontario1.1%1.2%1.2%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.2%1.1%1.1%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%1.4%1.3%1.2%
Orleans2.4%2.3%2.0%2.1%2.0%2.1%2.1%2.0%2.2%2.5%2.7%2.7%2.9%3.2%2.9%2.8%2.6%
Seneca1.0%0.9%1.0%0.9%0.8%0.7%0.6%0.6%0.7%0.7%0.7%0.9%1.2%1.5%1.5%1.3%1.2%
Wayne0.9%1.0%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.1%1.0%0.9%1.0%1.1%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.1%1.1%
Wyoming0.8%0.6%0.7%0.6%0.7%0.8%0.8%0.7%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.9%0.7%
Yates0.6%0.7%0.8%1.1%1.1%0.9%0.7%0.7%0.7%0.6%0.6%0.9%0.9%1.0%1.0%1.0%0.9%

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Notes: Comparable national data were not available.




Number of People Receiving Temporary Assistance
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS688,547620,518612,422629,063604,922572,151530,916510,160529,404547,600565,224570,095578,482565,859573,563564,208546,013
NYS (excluding NYC)196,270187,773188,478195,129188,913180,227171,503170,024184,174202,886219,044222,079228,511230,154220,633202,597187,203
Region37,33235,81036,41039,05637,64236,01534,52933,90934,62935,97938,56838,91940,58940,83937,67834,22331,328
Monroe31,89430,26430,59333,00931,73830,27729,47029,04029,31030,19432,39632,60433,64933,44830,73627,58625,077
Surrounding Counties5,4385,5465,8176,0475,9045,7385,0594,8695,3195,7856,1726,3156,9407,3916,9426,6376,251
Genesee590552616673667694611582576549598620634622569596610
Livingston1,0381,1071,1571,1741,0489206156909121,0191,1481,2371,5281,6451,4981,3801,309
Ontario1,0751,1861,2801,3801,3621,3541,2621,1491,2171,3671,4661,4311,4601,5471,4841,4271,350
Orleans1,0549948779198619029058619411,0791,1641,1241,2341,3511,2071,1591,073
Seneca331301340323283253212220247261243322434527533438414
Wayne8449571,0681,0381,1001,0289198909321,0191,0681,0261,0761,1051,0731,042985
Wyoming359266282264312352352304318340338327344334315354297
Yates147183197276271235183173176151147228230260263241213

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Notes: Comparable national data were not available.











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