(Bloomberg) – Food insecurity in American households last week reached the highest level reported since the Census Bureau began tracking the data in May. Nearly 30 million Americans reported that they had not had enough to eat at any time in the seven-day period through July 21.

In the Household Pulse Survey weekly survey, approximately 23.9 million of the 249 million respondents indicated that “sometimes they did not have enough to eat” during the week ending July 21, while about 5.42 million indicated that « they often didn’t have enough to eat. » The survey, which began the week ending May 5, was released on Wednesday.

The number of respondents who sometimes did not have enough food peaked in the 12-week survey period. Those who experienced food failure « often » have peaked since the week ending May 26.

This is in addition to a deep recession as a result of the pandemic, which left millions of Americans out of work. Unemployed Americans have been receiving additional aid of $ 600 a week, which will expire in late July as Congress debates a new aid package.

Other high-frequency data, including Household Pulse employment figures, indicate that the US economic recovery may be slowing down in the face of a spike in virus cases across the country and the reversal of plans to restart the economic activity of the states.

Original Note: Almost 30 Million in U.S. Didn’t Have Enough to Eat Last Week

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