Workers in low-paying industries are overrepresented among public assistance recipients: Distribution of workers receiving public assistance directly or through a family member, by major industry
|Occupation||Share of working benefit recipients||Share of overall employment|
|Educational, health, and social services||19.9%||23.6%|
|Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services||15.8%||10.1%|
|Professional, scientific, mgmt., admin., and waste mgmt. services||9.6%||10.3%|
|Other services (except public administration)||5.7%||4.4%|
|Transportation and utilities||4.7%||5.1%|
|Financial, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing||4.0%||6.5%|
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting||1.9%||1.1%|
|Armed forces and active duty military||0.6%||0.6%|
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Note: Includes the EITC, CTC, SNAP, LIHEAP, WIC, housing assistance, TANF/cash assistance, and Medicaid.
Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement microdata, pooled years 2012–2014