Statistics show the Ohio welfare rolls increased in October for the first time since the state began enforcing tougher job and work-training requirements.
More than 100 thousand people have been shed from the program since January 2011. Many left or were kicked off as the state cracked down on federal requirements that most adult recipients spend 30 hours a week working, looking for a job, going to school or training for employment. But the caseload rose in October by 880 from September to more than 130 thousand. That ended 20 consecutive months of declines.