Some people take the position that the Great Recession is over. Others state that there is a new normal when it comes to poverty in the United States. It could be argued that both positions speak the truth. Some states in the country are experiencing great employment and high levels of median household income, while others are still registering high levels of unemployment with many households below the poverty level. Looking across the country at two aspects of poverty, the number of people relying on food stamps and the jobs that were lost during the 2007-2009 recession, may show a picture of America that is not so obvious in the prosperous regions of the country.