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Employment Research

Who's Working Multiple Jobs? 

From the popularity of the "side hustle" to the debates on minimum wage, there's a lot of talk about Americans working two or more jobs. What do the data have to say about it?

A recent Economic Synopses article by St├ęphane Auray, David L. Fuller, and Guillaume Vandenbroucke looked at data from the Current Population Survey to determine trends in the population of Americans holding multiple jobs. Only about 5 percent of employed workers hold multiple jobs, and at least 50 percent of those have a full-time job plus a part-time job. The trends in who holds more than one job have been changing since 1994; today, women and those with advanced degrees are the most likely to work more than one job. Multiple jobholders are also slightly more likely to have more children than people with a single job. 

Read the full article here

Also see our Cost of Living page for data, graphs, maps, and a calculator to assess what new costs might come from a new job in a new location.