Is the Gig Economy the Labor Market’s New Reality? Nope

The San Diego Union Tribune – September 2, 2016

In 2015, these unconventional jobs represented 15.8 percent of the U.S. total. That’s almost one in six. What’s more, these “alternative work arrangements” are growing rapidly; in 2005, they were only 10.7 percent of all jobs. Some industries have long relied on subcontracting (construction, trucking) or temporary work (retailing) instead of traditional employment. But now these job-types are spreading into health care and computer science. They vastly outnumber “gig” jobs by more than 30-1. (Gig jobs were defined as relying on the internet to match buyers and sellers of services; non-gig jobs use conventional methods.)


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