General Economic Policy

The Future of Part-time Jobs in the US Economy

The Future of Part-time Jobs in the US Economy

For some time, people have feared that firms will replace full-time jobs with part-time jobs in order to cut back on costly benefits and taxes. This speculation has been spurred by debate over the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that employers with more than 50 employees provide health-insurance coverage to those who work 30 or more hours per week.

Using data from job site Indeed.com, I recently explored both the supply and demand for part-time jobs.  There has been a relatively small increase on both sides, suggesting there may be benefits for some job seekers and employers in part-time jobs, but the vast majority of future employment will continue to be full-time.  You can read more on the Indeed blog by following the link.

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Tara Sinclair earned a B.A. in Foreign Languages from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Before starting graduate school, she worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in Chicago. She was also a visiting scholar at the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

1 Comment

  • Out of a salaried employee, a firm usually extracts more than 40 hours per week of labor. Increasingly, salaried employees are expected to be on site 45-50 hours per week and periodically attend to business on weekends or free time.
    Entering into part-time contracts enforces the hourly wage. Personally, I know many who would prefer to work part-time/hourly/contract. Corporate slavery in exchange for a salary is less appealing to a younger generation.

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