Welfare caseloads have declined since the 1996 welfare reform

Since the 1996 welfare reform, the total number of welfare recipients has declined by over 63 percent, and the total number of households on welfare has declined by nearly 56 percent.

Welfare caseloads and recipients (AFDC and TANF programs), in thousands

Welfare caseloads have declined since the 1996 welfare reform

Source: Administration for Children and Families, TANF caseload data, 2011.