Census: Need for public aid rises in state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A U.S. Census Bureau report shows nearly 24
percent of Oklahoma families with children younger than 18 received some type of public assistance - such as food stamps - last year.

Food stamp use was at a record high of nearly 492,000 in June. That's an increase of just over 18.5 percent from June 2008.

The report found about 25 percent of the homes with children in Oklahoma City and Tulsa receiving some form of assistance in 2008. The rate was 22.9 percent in Lawton, 19.2 percent in Norman and 11.3 percent in Broken Arrow.

Oklahoma's poverty rate was unchanged with 15.9 percent living below the poverty level of $21,200 for a family of four.

The national poverty rate was 13.2 percent.

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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