Gig Economy Is Growing, But Not Growing Up

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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

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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

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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

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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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