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      Growing number of food stamps for Alabama residents

      Nearly 1 in 5 Alabama residents receive food stamps.{} The number is growing again, after declining in recent months.{} In May, the number rose to nearly 907,000 people on food stamps.{} That's 19% of Alabama residents.{} The increase coincided with the state's unemployment rate going up in May after declining for several months.{} Experts say it's too early to tell if the increase in food stamp use is a bump on the road to recovery or the beginning of a trend.

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