Low-Wage Private Sector Workers Funded By Public Dollars
Federal contracting has grown rapidly over the past decade doubling between 1996 and 2009 before decreasing slightly in the years since 2010. In 2012, businesses were provided with $446.5 billion in taxpayer dollars to perform work in the United States under federal contracts. They employed an estimated 2.2 million U.S. workers. Many of these employees were well-paid engineers and scientific researchers, aerospace employees and skilled construction workers earning a decent income. Yet an estimated 560,000 Americans employed by federal contractors were paid $12 an hour or less.