Most Welfare Recipients Have a Job

Wall Street Journal: “It’s poor-paying jobs, not unemployment, that strains the welfare system.”

“That’s one key finding from a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that showed the majority of households receiving government assistance are headed by a working adult.”

“The study found that 56% of federal and state dollars spent between 2009 and 2011 on welfare programs — including Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit — flowed to working families and individuals with jobs. In some industries, about half the workforce relies on welfare.”

“’When companies pay too little for workers to provide for their families, workers rely on public assistance programs to meet their basic needs,’ said Ken Jacobs, chairman of the university’s Center for Labor Research and Education and one of the report’s authors.”

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