Part-time America: Every morning in the U.S., hundreds of thousands of workers show up for jobs...


Part-time America: Every morning in the U.S., hundreds of thousands of workers show up for jobs that are unseen, uncertain, underpaid - and vital to the economy. Amid the slow recovery, temp work is roaring back 10x faster than private-sector employment. The number of Americans who want to work full time but could only find part-time work jumped to 8.23M last month, a 322K one-month increase (jobs report).

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  • bbro
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    GDP per employee 4th qtr 2007...97,440...today GDP per employee (1st qtr 2013) is 111,490
    6 Jul 2013, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • Lakeaffect
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    Accumulate ROK
    6 Jul 2013, 09:54 AM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Yet median income/qtr is less than 8,000. Fits my theory perfectly that people are working above 100% productivity rates.
    6 Jul 2013, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • J Mintzmyer
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    Fits my theory that most mid-level jobs in America -- your avg. 40-50 hour white collar types-- only have around 50% productivity rates.

     

    What if the new reality is an America with more and more part-time work and less full time 40-50+ hour jobs?

     

    Economic theory suggests that as real wealth increases, labor hours will decrease in favor of more leisure time. In America; however, this has been stinted by a "race to the top" type mantra. Employees put more and more hours in to try to earn more money...

     

    What if productivity gains and increased automation only requires these employees for 15-30 hours a week?
    6 Jul 2013, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • SA_Member_8998191
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    this change destroys normal workers if wages don't increase corresponding to the loss of paid working hours.

     

    it's a scam to make full time workers think they need to be 'part time', thereby barring themselves from most protections and rights afforded to 'full-time workers'. seems like the scam is working great for the corporations in our country with those record profits, a worker is a worker and they all deserve a fair wage.
    7 Jul 2013, 02:47 AM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    I applaud those who go to work part-time rather than doing nothing and just complaining.
    6 Jul 2013, 12:53 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Numbers don't lie. 60% of the jobs created in June were part-time jobs; of the remainder 60% were in low-paying positions: 75,000 jobs were created in the leisure and hospitality sector, and 37,000 jobs were created in the retail sector!
    7 Jul 2013, 09:53 AM Reply Like
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