Study: More Than Half Of US Fast Food Workers’ Families Get Public Aid

CBS Sacramento

Berkeley, Calif. (CBS SACRAMENTO) — American taxpayers spend nearly $7 billion supplementing worker wages at the largest fast food chains, with more than half of fast-food employees’ families relying on public assistance.

A new study from UC Berkeley, and funded by the advocacy group Fast Food Forward, finds that 52 percent of fast-food “front-line” workers are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs – compared to 25 percent of the U.S. workforce as a whole. An average of $3.9 billion is spent on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) each year, with public assistance as a whole adding up to just shy of $7 billion each year.

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of major public benefit program enrollment comes from working families.

However, the study reports the median wage for these non-managerial fast-food jobs is $8.69 an hour and does not provide for life’s basic necessities. Benefits…

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