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Gig Economy The traditional means of measuring labor statistics, which include household surveys and administrative data, were simply not built to measure independent contracting and freelance work. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The gig economy—where workers are independent contractors, moving from job to job and setting their own schedules and workloads—is often described as a growing trend. However, measurements of the size and growth of the gig economy by various organizations and government agencies deliver wildly varying numbers.


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