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Prevalence of U.S. Food Insecurity Is Related to Changes in Unemployment, Inflation, and the Price of Food

by Mark Nord, Alisha Coleman-Jensen, and Christian Gregory

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-167) June 2014

Food security has remained essentially unchanged since the 2007-09 recession. Falling unemployment from early post-recession (2009-10) to 2012, absent any other changes, would suggest a modest decline in the prevalence of food insecurity. However, this report finds that potential improvement was almost exactly offset by the effects of higher inflation and the higher relative price of food in 2012.

Keywords: Food security, food insecurity, food prices, unemployment, food price inflation, SNAP, food assistance

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Last updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014

For more information contact: Mark Nord, Alisha Coleman-Jensen, and Christian Gregory