Facts About Part-Time Work

There has been a lot of talk recently about the number of jobs that have been created this year. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that approximately three-fourths of these new jobs have been part-time jobs.

A recent Huffington post article, dated August 9, 2013, shares nine tragic facts about part-time work. These facts are:

  1. “Just 24 percent of part-time workers have access to employer-sponsored health care, according to a July report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
  2. “Part-time workers often have little opportunity for advancement as highlighted by striking fast food workers during their walkouts earlier this summer. In addition, part-time workers are much less likely than their full-time counterparts to be protected by labor and employment laws,, according to a March speech from Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin.”
  3. “Just 24 percent of part-time workers have access to paid sick days, according to a July report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Without paid sick days workers are more likely to get the flu, research has shown.”
  4. “Just half of those who graduated from college between 2006 and 2011 were working in full-time jobs as of May 2012, according to a survey from Rutgers University. In addition, 40 percent of recent college graduates said they were underemployed in an April Reuters poll.”
  5. “About 8.5 percent of part-time workers say they’re currently being treated for depression, according to a July Gallup poll, compared to 5.6 percent of full-time workers.”
  6. As of January 2013, there were about 8.6 million involuntary part-time workers — or employees working part-time because they had to, not because they wanted to. This figure is nearly double what it was in January 2006.”
  7. “The surge in part-time work during the Great Recession and the recovery is increasing the gap between high- and low-wage workers, according to a March speech from Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin. Indeed, the richest 20 percent of working families took home 48 percent of the nation’s income  in 2011, according to the Working Poor Families Project. The bottom 20 percent of working families took home just 5 percent.”
  8. “Millions of part-time workers are at the highest risk of having their hours cut under the President’s Affordable Care Act as businesses look for ways to skirt the law and avoid offering workers coverage. But despite numerous threats to cut worker hours, most businesses haven’t actually cut the in anticipation of the law.”
  9. “In the first six months of 2013, employers added more than four times as many part-time jobs as full-time jobs, according to a July Wall Street Journal report.”

If our nation is going to climb out of the Great Recession we have been in since 2008, community, government, and business emphasis needs to be placed on the creation of full-time jobs that enable working men and women to adequately provide for their families, jobs that have purpose and bring dignity to the workplace, and jobs that provide economic security today as well as into the future.

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