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The Biggest US Welfare States

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15. Oregon

% of pop. on assistance: 1.55%
2007 spending: $83.85 million
Total recipients (July 2008): 58,831
% Change in past 12 months: +27.2%
Unemployment (May 2009): 12.4%

Pictured: Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski

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