In 2011, there were 108,592,000 people collecting benefits from one or more programs within the welfare program. By contrast, there were 101,716,000 people working full time. These numbers come from the US Census Bureau. That means there are 1.07 people collecting benefits for every 1 full time worker.
Among those collecting one or more benefits are 82,457,000 people in households receiving Medicaid, 49,073,000 beneficiaries of food stamps, 20,223,000 on Supplemental Security Income, 23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program, 13,433,000 in public or subsidized rental housing, and 5,854,000 in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
These numbers do not reflect non means tested programs such as 49,901,000 people who received Social Security benefits, 46,440,000 who received Medicare benefits, 5,098,000 on unemployment, and 3,178,000 who received non-means-tested veterans compensation.
When these numbers are added to the previous numbers (subtracting people who receive bot means tested and non means tested) the number soars to 151, 014,000, according to the census bureau for the fourth quarter of 2011.
The 108,592,000 people listed are greater than the population of the Philipines (105,720,644) and nearly the population of Mexico. (116,220,947)