Madison (WQOW) - A new report on poverty shows how the recession has left its mark on Wisconsin.
You only have to look at food stamp enrollment numbers to see why. The number of residents receiving food stamps is up 37 percent in two years, but the difference is even greater in western Wisconsin. In the counties of Barron, Clark, Dunn, Polk and St. Croix enrollment is up 55 percent.
It's up 57 percent when you look at a group of counties that includes: Buffalo, Jackson and Trempealeau.
In Eau Claire and Chippewa, food stamp enrollment is up 41 percent.
The poverty rate is highest in Milwaukee at 17 percent followed by a group of northern Wisconsin counties that includes: Burnett, Rusk and Sawyer at more than 14 percent.
Poverty is defined like this: any family of four that makes less than $21,000 a year or $16,500 for a family of three.
Click this link to view the full report: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/research/WisconsinPoverty/pdfs/First_Wisconsin_Poverty_Report_Final-2.pdf