The number of households on welfare rose by 2,723 in October from the previous month to 1,632,321, hitting a record high for the second consecutive month, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday.
The number of welfare recipients increased by 2,435 to 2,166,019.
The increase was led by continued growth in the number of elderly recipient households, made up of those aged 65 or older, or elderly people plus those younger than 18.
The number of households with jobless occupants dropped due to the country’s economic recovery.
By category, the number of such elderly recipient households came to 802,492, accounting for nearly 50 percent of the total.
The number of recipient households headed by sick or disabled members totaled 443,690, while that of recipient households made up of mothers and children younger than 18 stood at 104,967. Recipient households with unemployed members totaled 272,427.