Report finds welfare applicants being rejected in greater numbers citywide

A report by the city's Independent Budget Office found that nearly 30 percent of welfare applicants in the Bronx and city were rejected last year -- the highest rejection rate in almost a decade.

Analysts say it's a trend that seems to be keeping welfare rolls flat at a time when the city is coming out of a recession. Officials say the rejection rate is not necessarily a bad thing. They say it could be that more people are doing well plus the city is working harder to place applicants in jobs.

The city's Human Resources Administration says more Bronx residents and New Yorkers on public assistance have been finding jobs. But budget office officials say there is still not a clear indication of what's happening to those who go off public assistance or those who don't apply in the first place.

Ultimately, analysts at the budget office say the city needs to do more to find the answers and determine the implication of the latest statistics.

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