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Report: Amazon Ranks High Among Ohio Employers With Workers on Food Stamps

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Amazon ranks high on a list charting Ohio's employers with the most workers and their family members on food stamps — estimated at more than 10 percent of its workforce, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

As of August, Amazon had 1,430 workers and family members on food stamps, ranking 19th on a list of 50 large employers in the state, according to the progressive policy group Policy Matters Ohio, the Dispatch reported.

Since a typical food-stamp beneficiary receives benefits for about two people, Amazon likely has about 700 workers receiving food stamps, more than 10 percent of its Ohio workforce, the news outlet reported.

"We've appreciated having more employment, but maybe we should be focusing economic development dollars on good jobs," Zach Schiller, Policy Matters' research director, told the Dispatch. "It's pretty clear that a lot of these jobs are not good jobs. That should raise a policy question for our public officials, and that's why we think it's worth pointing out."

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.

The Ohio Development Services Agency released a statement praising Amazon for generating economic opportunity in Ohio.

"Amazon has created thousands of new jobs and generated millions of dollars in new payroll consistent with Ohio's requirements for economic incentives," the Ohio Development Services Agency said. "These jobs provide economic opportunity to Ohioans that may not have had it before."

Amazon has about 6,000 workers in the state, ranking 53rd on the list of the state's largest employers. It plans to build two more distribution centers there, the Dispatch reported. Ohio has also put in a bid to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters, which would generate 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment, the Dispatch reported.

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