Wages made up 51 percent of personal income last year, while government payments hit a record 18.3 percent, as unemployment benefits, rising healthcare costs and a sluggish economy pushed the figure higher, the newspaper said.
In February 2011, wages fell to a record 50.5 percent of personal income, but government payments have leveled off at an annual rate of $2.3 trillion.
Government aid came out to an average of $7,427 per citizen last year, more than double the $3,686 average from 1990 with figures adjusted for inflation.
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