In August, the civilian non-institutional population was 248 Million, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. A record 92 Million Americans 16 and older are not working, as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent of the population.
Number of People Working at 36-Year Low
One Third of All Jobs are Temp, Free-Lance or Part-Time
Roughly one in three U.S. workers is now a part-time freelancer, obtaining no benefits whatsoever. Fifty-three million Americans, or 34% of the nation’s workforce, qualify as freelancers, according to a new report from the Freelancers Union, a nonprofit organization, and Elance-oDesk Inc., a company that provides platforms for freelancers to find work.
U.S. General Accountability Office backs that up, stating that approximately 31% of American workers are employed on some kind of contingent basis, such as freelancers, part-timers or temps.
So let’s sum this up. Of the 142,000 jobs added in August, about 1/3, or 33% of those jobs are temporary or part-time. 92 Million people are not working. I’m no mathematician, but let me try:
Let’s suppose you were looking for a full-time job last month, of which there were 93,720 full- time jobs in the entire United States. That means: There were an average of 981 people job-hunting for every 1 full-time job opening.
Recent job hunting experiences show how difficult getting a job is:
- In June, hundreds of applicants lined up in Queens for just one hundred union jobs. People camped out on the sidewalk in front of the union training center 5 days prior, on Thursday, in hopes of getting an application on Monday morning. The line continued for several city blocks.
- Reddit, a social networking service and news website had thousands of job applications for 3 openings.
- Delta Air Lines, was hiring 400 flight attendants and had 22,000 people apply, at a wage of $23,000.
Job Growth is Down Across the Board
For every person that lands a full-time job, there’s the 2,089 other people who aren’t so lucky. People are desperate and they are suffering. This latest revelation on the huge number of temporary jobs proves that.
Article authored by Carol Serpa. You can find the original story right here.