A look at SC's rising welfare numbers

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A look at the increase in the number of South Carolina families receiving welfare amid and following the Great Recession:

—In fiscal year 2007-08, an average of 14,677 families, representing 32,985 people, monthly received welfare benefits.

—2008-09: 17,086 families monthly, representing 40,201 people.

—2009-10: 20,029 families monthly, representing 48,344 people.

—2010-11: 20,342 families monthly, representing 49,737 people.

—The monthly high came in October 2010, with 21,691 families, representing 53,076 people.

—The numbers have decreased slightly every month since, to 18,712 families, representing 45,130 people as of the latest report in July.

—$270: The monthly maximum families can receive in South Carolina.

—$160: The average monthly welfare benefit.

—$763: The maximum a mother with two children can earn monthly to qualify for welfare in South Carolina.

Source: South Carolina Department of Social Services.

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