USDA Finds that SNAP Spending Boosts Employment

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A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service examines the county-level effects of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program spending on employment. From 2008 to 2010, during and immediately following the Great Recession, SNAP spending boosted employment in both nonmetro and metro areas. From 2001 to 2014, SNAP spending had a positive effect on employment in nonmetro areas but no measurable impact in metro areas.

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