On a list of Ohio employers, Amazon ranks 19th on a list of 50 major corporations who have a high percentage of their workforce on food stamps.
The Washington Free Beacon published a report Sunday, which quoted data from The Columbus Dispatch, stating that Amazon had an estimated 10 percent of its workforce who qualified for food stamps and federal aid as of August 2017. The number reported was 1,430 workers and family members, which is estimated to be about 700 workers in Ohio on the program.
Amazon employees about 6,000 people in Ohio, and is reportedly the 53rd largest employer in the state.
According to the report, in order to be eligible for food stamps, a family of three could make no more than $26,208 a year, or about $12.60 an hour for someone working 40 hours a week.
Amazon, which was founded by Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, did not reply to the newspaper’s request for comment, but the Ohio Development Services Agency released a statement praising Amazon for generating economic opportunity with its presence in Ohio that would not otherwise exist.
The Columbus Dispatch reported:
To be on the list, a company has to have a large number of workers in the state. In addition, that company has to have a significant number of workers who don’t make much money or maybe work part time.
Workers getting food stamps in essence becomes an additional taxpayer subsidy for the companies that pay low wages, said Zach Schiller, Policy Matters’ research director.
“We’ve appreciated having more employment, but maybe we should be focusing economic development dollars on good jobs. It’s pretty clear that a lot of these jobs are not good jobs,” he said. “That should raise a policy question for our public officials, and that’s why we think its worth pointing out.”
The following news broadcast from April 2017 covered the grand opening of a new Amazon fulfillment center in Ohio.