Economic Security
Public Assistance Recipients

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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 2018, 2.3% of residents in the region were receiving public assistance on average each month, compared to 2.7% 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 2.9% in 2018 followed by Orleans at 2.5%. 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
200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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%2.9%2.8%2.7%
NYS (excluding NYC)1.8%1.7%1.7%1.8%1.7%1.6%1.5%1.5%1.6%1.8%2.0%2.0%2.0%2.1%2.0%1.8%1.7%1.5%
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%2.3%
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%2.9%
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%1.4%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%1.0%
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%2.2%2.1%1.8%
Ontario1.1%1.2%1.2%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.2%1.1%1.1%1.3%1.4%1.3%1.3%1.4%1.4%1.3%1.2%1.3%
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%2.5%
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%1.1%
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%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%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%0.7%

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




Number of People Receiving Temporary Assistance
200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
NYS688,547620,518612,422629,063604,922572,151530,916510,160529,404547,600565,224570,095578,482565,859573,563564,208546,013520,339
NYS (excluding NYC)196,270187,773188,478195,129188,913180,227171,503170,024184,174202,886219,044222,079228,511230,154220,633202,597187,203170,903
Region37,33235,81036,41039,05637,64236,01534,52933,90934,62935,97938,56838,91940,58940,83937,67834,22331,32827,446
Monroe31,89430,26430,59333,00931,73830,27729,47029,04029,31030,19432,39632,60433,64933,44830,73627,58625,07721,562
Surrounding Counties5,4385,5465,8176,0475,9045,7385,0594,8695,3195,7856,1726,3156,9407,3916,9426,6376,2515,884
Genesee590552616673667694611582576549598620634622569596610593
Livingston1,0381,1071,1571,1741,0489206156909121,0191,1481,2371,5281,6451,4981,3801,3091,109
Ontario1,0751,1861,2801,3801,3621,3541,2621,1491,2171,3671,4661,4311,4601,5471,4841,4271,3501,381
Orleans1,0549948779198619029058619411,0791,1641,1241,2341,3511,2071,1591,0731,030
Seneca331301340323283253212220247261243322434527533438414371
Wayne8449571,0681,0381,1001,0289198909321,0191,0681,0261,0761,1051,0731,042985946
Wyoming359266282264312352352304318340338327344334315354297275
Yates147183197276271235183173176151147228230260263241213179

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











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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 77% 2017 3 0
Maintaining
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.7 2015-17 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.9% 2016 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 20% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2013-17 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 18 2017 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 2.3 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 2% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 13 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $1,419 2018 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $76 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 46% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Registered Library Borrowers 61% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.9 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 1.7% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 0.3% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Population by Age 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $54,972 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 2.3% 2018 3 0
Maintaining
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 25% 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 15% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
EITC Dollars $175 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs 1.3% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 2.9% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 74% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,590 2018 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 45% 2018 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $22,703 2018 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $16,363 2018 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 45% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 78% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 85% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 87% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 5% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 34.7 2017 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 700 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 55 2018 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 18 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 1.8 2018 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 106 2017 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 138 2017 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 3.1 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $133,156 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $827 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.4 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 30% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 34% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Rent Burdened Households 50% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 190 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2018 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 59 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 13.2 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 188.2 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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