Fast food, poverty wages: US fast food workers rely on government assistance

How do fast food workers survive on rock-bottom wages in the US? Research by the University of California at Berkeley has discovered that one in five families with a member working in a fast food job has an income below the poverty line.

This means that 52% of fast food workers are forced to apply for public assistance programs to supplement their extremely low wages. Public assistance programs provide a vital support system for fast food employees.

The study found that a result of extremely low wages is the cost of public assistance to the government - up to $7 billion per year.

Read more at University of California, Berkeley