A majority of low-wage workers earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to make ends meet: Share of workers who receive public assistance directly or through a family member
|Receive public assistance||Don’t receive public assistance|
|Low-wage workers (earning up to $12.16/hr)||53.1%||46.9%|
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Note: Low-wage workers are defined as the bottom 30% of wage earners, making $12.16 or less.