Nearly one-third of workers experiencing minimum wage violations receive some form of public assistance: Public assistance usage among minimum-wage-eligible workers and those experiencing minimum wage violations
|Category||Minimum-wage-eligible workers||Eligible workers experiencing minimum wage violations|
|Number||Share receiving public assistance benefit||Number||Share receiving public assistance benefit|
|All minimum-wage-eligible workers||59,014,000||2,422,000|
|Family receives some public assistance||13,517,000||22.9%||802,000||33.1%|
|Family receives food-purchasing assistance||4,282,000||7.3%||429,000||17.7%|
|Family receives energy assistance||771,000||1.3%||81,000||3.4%|
|Child in family receives reduced or free school lunch||10,373,000||17.6%||496,000||20.5%|
|Family receives housing subsidy||838,000||1.4%||95,000||3.9%|
View the underlying data on epi.org.
Note: Numbers may not add due to rounding. Shares are computed based on unrounded numbers.
Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group and March Supplement data, 2013–2016