A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that independent work is on the decline, but the numbers don't add up.
By Katia Dmitrieva|June 12, 2018 at 11:03 AM
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The share of American workers in the “gig economy” has shrunk since 2005, according to a government report that some data-watchers cautioned omits key parts of the picture.
The Labor Department last week said that 10.1 percent of American employees in May 2017 were on alternative work arrangements — which includes independent contractors, on-call workers and people working for third-party contractors — down from the 10.7 percent in the last report in 2005. That decline resulted mainly from a drop in the share of people identifying as independent contractors, which fell to 6.9 percent from 7.4 percent in 2005.
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