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ABAWD Waivers

Last Published: 10/02/2017

States may request to waive the ABAWD time limit in areas with an unemployment rate above 10 percent or a lack of sufficient jobs. SNAP regulations provide a number of ways States can demonstrate that an unemployment rate above 10 percent or a lack of sufficient jobs. Below is a summary of the common criteria by which States can qualify for a time limit waiver: (For complete regulations, please visit the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations).

  • A recent 12-month unemployment rate above 10 percent;
  • A recent 3-month unemployment rate above 10 percent;
  • Designation as Labor Surplus Area (LSA) by the Department of Labor;
  • Qualification for extended unemployment benefits; or
  • A recent 24-month average unemployment rate 20 percent above the national average for the same 24-month period.
An ABAWD time limit waiver does not waive the general SNAP work requirements.