INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's jobless rate is proving no barometer for the number of state residents who receive welfare assistance.
When unemployment in Indiana rose to 8.2 percent in December, the number of residents receiving payments through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families actually declined 1 percent from a year earlier to about 127,000 people.
Longtime advocate for the poor Charles Warren says that isn't the case at all. He says getting the benefits is a cumbersome process that has discouraged large numbers of people from applying.
Indiana welfare rolls shrink as unemployment rises
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