A phrase we hear a lot lately when it comes to the labor force is the "gig economy," the movement of employees making their living with multiple part-time jobs. A new survey released by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America looks at this growing trend of workers avoiding full-time work.

The number of people opting for part-time employment increased over the last few years, making up 18.2 percent of the total U.S. workforce. Three-fourths of those seeking part-time work say it's because they want the flexible hours to improve their work/life balance.Record levels of "gig work" — part-time, independent, or contract jobs — were seen during the Great Recession in 2010.

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