Spending habits of families receiving public aid vs. families who do not
M. Spencer Green, Associated Press
According to the Atlantic, the welfare queen is a myth. That's after it gathered data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that tracked the spending habits of families who receive public aid against families who don't.
It turns out that on average families who receive public aid spend less than half as much as families who do not and spend even less when it comes to things such as food and insurance. As Jordan Weissman, author of the piece on the Atlantic, notes, "There were, on average, 3.7 people in each family on public assistance. ... So that $6,460 spent on food comes out to about $34 per person, per week."
We have created our own version of the graph for publication here.
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