Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Most low-wage workers need public assistance

#DYK? Over 41 million working Americans (nearly 30% of the workforce) receive public assistance—and nearly half of these workers (19.3 million) have full-time jobs. Not surprisingly, these workers are concentrated in jobs paying low hourly wages. Over half of workers earning less than $12.16 per hour—the bottom 30% of wage earners—earn so little on the job that they must rely on public assistance programs like SNAP to make ends meet.

Source: Economic Policy Institute, 2/9/16, Low-Wage Workers

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