States Where Welfare Recipients Are Paid More Than Minimum Wage

14. North Dakota: $6.61 per hour difference

Fargo, North Dakota, United States

The pay difference in North Dakota is significant. | iStock.com/Ben Harding

  • Total welfare benefits package: $30,681
  • Pre-tax wage equivalent: $28,830
  • Hourly wage equivalent: $13.86
  • State hourly minimum wage for 2017: $7.25

North Dakota has seen success as a state with one of the highest gross domestic products per capita and a low unemployment rate of 2.5%, as of May 2017. Even those on welfare seem to benefit financially from the state’s success, as the hourly welfare payout equivalent is $6.61 per hour higher than the statewide minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

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