Number of Pennsylvanians Getting SNAP Benefits Increasing Despite Record Low Unemployment

In October, the number of Pennsylvanians enrolled in the food stamp program topped 2 million for the first time even as the state reported record unemployment. The number of people receiving Supplement Nutritional Assistance Program benefits in October stood at 2,016,298 in October, according to data posted on the state’s open data website. The state’s unemployment rate in November remained at 3.4%, the lowest it’s been since at least the 1970s. The number of people enrolled in SNAP in Pennsylvania has been relatively stable for the last decade, but it’s begun to tick up since the pandemic. The number of people receiving SNAP benefits increased 4.4% from September 2022 to September 2023.