Who is America’s largest low-wage job creator?
Underwriting Bad Jobs: How Our Tax Dollars Are Funding Low-Wage Work and Fueling Inequality
This report by Demos is an analysis encompassing U.S. workers employed by government contractors. The study found that two million private sector employees working on behalf of America earn wages too low to support a family, making $12 or less per hour. This is more than the number of low-wage workers at Walmart and McDonalds combined. These two million workers make barely enough to afford essentials like food, health care, utilities and rent. However, hundreds of billions of dollars in federal contracts, grants, loans, concession agreements and property leases go to private companies that pay low wages, provide few benefits, and offer employees little opportunity to work their way into the middle class. At the same time, many of these companies are providing their executives with exorbitant compensation. For the full report, click here.