Why this is important
Families who are self-sufficient have a greater opportunity to thrive. The Dakota County Department of Employment and Economic Assistance deliver programs that provide income, food, and medical assistance to Dakota County residents. The number of public assistance cases per capita is an indicator of the need for services, which require taxpayer support.What the data show
The Dakota County Department of Employment and Economic Assistance has experienced increasing caseloads since 2005. From 2005 to 2012, public assistance (i.e., food support, cash support, and medical assistance) caseloads increased more than 63%, increasing from a monthly average of 52 active cases to 85 active cases for every 1,000 county residents.
On March 1, 2011, the State implemented Medial Assistance Expansion (MA/AX) which is a medical program that covers single adults (this group was not covered by Medical Assistance prior to March 2011) without dependent children whose income is less than 75% of the federal poverty level.