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The gig economy is here to stay, and it is growing. While gig workers do have some gripes about their choice to do it alone in the workplace, most who have gigged are not going back to employee status.

That is the big-picture takeaway from a study of those who populate the gig economy, commissioned by financial products company Legal & General. The company wanted to find out just how solid the foundation of the gig economy is, and whether it would continue to thrive as the pandemic winds down. The survey firm YouGov reaped information from 1,044 freelancers and self-employed workers between the ages of 18 and 60 who draw 60% or more of their income from gig work. Nearly 7 in 10 say they foresee themselves gigging away for the foreseeable future.

Currently, Legal & General say, the U.S. gig economy comprises about 36% of the U.S. population – or 59 million people. By 2027, that number is expected to hit 85.6 million.

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