Issue Brief
  1. This BLS paper defines “smaller employers” as those with no more than 499 employees in 2019.

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  2. This BLS statistic includes the following industry groups as “food services and drinking places”: full-service restaurants, limited-service eating places, special food services, and drinking places (alcoholic beverages). KFF analysis in Appendix II, Table 8 includes the first three categories as “restaurants and other food services” but excludes drinking places.

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  3. KFF analysis of 2019 National Health Interview Survey.

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  4. KFF analysis of 2019 National Health Interview Survey.

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  5. KFF analysis of Household Pulse Survey, PUF December 9– December 21 (2021). This analysis does not exclude those who receive SSI.

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  6. For example, President Biden has proposed a $15 federal minimum wage. An individual working full-time (35 hours/week) for the full year (50 weeks) at $15 per hour would earn an annual salary of $26,250, just over twice the 2021 FPL for an individual ($12,880) and slightly below the 2021 FPL for a household of four ($26,500).

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