I recently attended a meeting of workenomics and heard a startling statistic. In 2010, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services pumped $231 million into the economy of Licking County.
Around $140 million went to food stamps and programs for the aged, blind and disabled. The remaining amount went to medicaid.
1 out of every 6 people in Licking County were "touched" by ODJFS.
There are certainly different ways of looking at this. On the surface, it would seem a bit disappointing that so many people needed help in our community. But given the economy, that's probably not too surprising.
From a more positive view, the increase usage of those programs did increase employment for those in nursing homes and grocery stores.
No matter what viewpoint you may have on this, $231 million had a strong impact on Licking County in 2010.