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
All workers 29.3%  70.7%
Low-wage workers (earning up to $12.16/hr) 53.1%  46.9%

Note: Low-wage workers are defined as the bottom 30% of wage earners, making $12.16 or less.

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