“Many fast-food workers living in poverty, analysis finds”


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By Allison Linn, CNBC Digital

David Ryder / Reuters Joelle Craft, center, holds a sign during a rally and strike aimed at the fast-food industry and the minimum wage in Seattle.

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Joelle Craft, center, holds a sign during a rally and strike aimed at the fast-food industry and the minimum wage in Seattle.

Every time you go to a fast-food restaurant, you have a 1 in 5 chance of being served by a worker who’s living in poverty.

A substantial number of workers who serve up your fast food aren’t making enough to get by, and are instead living in poverty or relying on government programs such as food stamps, a new report finds.

On average, 20 percent of front-line fast-food workers were living in households with incomes below the poverty line over the years that the researchers studied. That compares to just 5 percent of workers as a whole, according to the report released Tuesday by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the University of Illinois’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning,

The report also found that, on average, 24 percent of households that included a nonmanagerial fast-food worker were relying on food stamps — now known as SNAP — during the years they studied.

In addition, 19 percent lived in a household in which an adult relied on Medicaid, and 18 percent were in a household in which a child was on Medicaid or an equivalent program.

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