32.2 million people in the USA (10% of the population) are living on food stamps, the rationing method used in the North American republic to keep starvation at bay. Unemployed able to claim benefits are now another almost six million, reports Al Jazeera. Yet another 3% of the population is in jail or probation, as noticed in Genes and Demons. The various figures of the marginated may overlap somewhat, I guess but we are anyhow talking of a marginalized population approaching maybe 15% of all US-Americans.
And the trend, sadly, does not look like reverting any time soon. .