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The Biggest US Welfare States

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4. Massachusetts

% of pop. on assistance: 2.09%
2007 spending: $295.29 million
Total recipients (July 2008): 136,033
% Change in past 12 months: 5.4%
Unemployment (May 2009): 8.2%

Pictured: Massachusetts State House

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