The percentage of TANF cash assistance applications approved each month varies drastically from state to state. The states with the lowest application approval rates in 2022* are Texas (4.6%), Arkansas (6%), Indiana (7%), Michigan (7.5%) and Mississippi (7.9%). In most states, the rate of TANF application approval has fallen from 2016 (figures in red) to 2022 (figures in green). Only in Mississippi--which has the lowest approval rate on record at 1.5% in 2016--Florida, Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, Wyoming, and Washington D.C. did the rate of approval increase, in most cases only slightly. The average for the country fell from 34.5% to 28.4% from 2016 to 2022. Louisiana's application approval rate fell drastically from 95% in 2016 to less than 10% in 2022.