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Listen: Mark Warner At The Intersection Of Tech And Policy

A new study by MBO Partners and Emergent Research is projecting the independent workforce to reach 38 Million by the year 2020. Today there are 30.2 million independent workers in the U.S. economy, a number which has increased 12% over the last 5 years.

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The Weekly Independent: October 5, 2015

The report is full of useful information about the independent industry, but don’t take our word for it – Time, US News & World Report, Yahoo! Finance, SpendMatters and more are all talking about it. The “Future of Work” is here, but what does that really mean? Jacob Morgan, author of the book by the…

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The gig economy: More people might have jobs than you think

There are 30.2 million independent — full-time and part-time — workers in the U.S. economy. That’s up 12% over the last 5 years, according to a new study by MBO Partners and Emergent Research. By 2020, the study projects the independent workforce will be up to nearly 38 million workers.

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Why Politicians Better Start Listening to Freelancers

Those numbers are hardly insignificant, given that Upwork estimates that nearly 54 million workers—34% of the U.S. labor market—have reportedly done “some sort of freelance work” in the past year. That figure is up 700,000 from the previous year. A second survey on the freelance economy, released Tuesday by MBO Partners, puts the number of…

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Gig Economy Is Growing, But Not Growing Up

That’s one message from two important surveys released this week: MBO Partners’ fifth annual “State of Independence” report, which came out Tuesday, and the second annual “Freelancing in America” report, sponsored by the Freelancers Union and Upwork, which is out today.

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Upwork report finds population of US freelancers holds steady, income on the rise

The Upwork report follows another report out earlier this week on the independent workforce by MBO Partners. Upwork defines a freelancer as “individuals who have engaged in supplemental, temporary, project- or contract-based work, within the past 12 months.” At 34% of the US workforce, that equates to an estimated 53.7 million people, according to the…

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ADP: Labor Market Adds 200K Jobs

But that total is well shy of a projection made earlier this week in an MBO Partners independent labor report, which estimates the domestic economy holds 30.2 million independent workers who are at least 21 years old. The country’s independent workforce has ballooned 12 percent in the last five years alone, according to the report…

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The Independent Work Boom: Why it’s Good for the U.S. Economy

Despite fears that independent workers would return to “traditional” employment as the economy recovered from the Great Recession, the independent population continues to grow — nearly twice as fast as U.S. employment, according to MBO Partners 2015 State of Independence in America, the industry’s only comprehensive dive into five years of independent workforce data.

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