An article in the Huffington Post states that SNAP (or FNS, as it’s known in North Carolina) is helping low-income households recover from the Great Recession. While the recession technically ended in June 2009, recovery has been slow for many low- and middle-income households. Unemployment remains high in North Carolina (9.4% as of February 2013, one of the highest unemployment rates in the country). As NC Policy Watch has reported, many of the jobs created in North Carolina since the end of the recession have been in the low-wage service industry. As a result, many households continue to need the extra support that Food & Nutrition Services provides. Historically, as households feel more financially secure, FNS participation decreases.