7 Shocking Statistics About Work

You Won't Believe These Stats About the State of the Workplace

6. Sometimes It Pays NOT to Work

While we always remain apolitical, we have to admit this is an eye-popping statistic.

According to this article, there are 35 states in which receiving welfare and other government assistance pays more than working a full-time minimum wage job. The 2013 Cato Institute report found 13 states where welfare pays more than $15 an hour. From the piece:

“The study found that the assistance — defined in the study as including government benefits such as food stamps, housing assistance and other programs — pays more than a first-year teacher’s salary in 11 states, the starting salary for a secretary in 39 states and an entry-level job as a computer programmer in three states.”