Pennsylvania’s Caseloads Have Increased While County Assistance Office (CAO) Staffing Has Declined 2002 to Present

Percentage increase/decrease +125% +42% -24% +48%

2002/2003 Food Stamps (SNAP) Medical Assistance Cash Assistance Unemployment
(seasonally adjusted)

Present 1,799,938 2,177.597 204,507

797,889 1,533,243 268,643

344,552

512,112

CAO Staff Complement (authorized) CAO Staff per 1000 Cases

7,596

6,294

-17%

2.92

1.5

-48%

Sources: Unemployment in first column from July 2002, second column from Nov. 2012 (latest month available.) Available at http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet?series_id=LASST42000003&data_tool=XGtable Caseload figures are average monthly individual participants in 2002/03 and December 2012 (latest available), from DPW’s monthly statistics reports, available at http://listserv.dpw.state.pa.us/Scripts/wa.exe?A1=ind13&L=ma-foodstamps-and-cash-stats. CAO staff complement from DPW transition documents and 2012-13 DPW Blue Book CAO staff per 1000 cases is all FS, MA, and cash cases divided by the staffing complement.

January 10, 2013