A new national study by Rutgers University finds that a growing number of part-time workers are being left behind in the economic recovery. According to the study, titled “A Tale of Two Workforces: The Benefits and Burdens of Working Part Time,” nearly one in five Americans are employed in part-time jobs and are working fewer than 35 hours per week. Nearly 20 million Americans are voluntary part-time workers who are working part-time to supplement their income, pursue an education or care for family members. However, 6.5 million Americans are involuntary part-time workers who want, but can’t find, full-time employment.
Involuntary part-time workers are twice as likely as voluntary part-time workers to work on weekends and holidays, and are more likely to be subjected to unpredictable schedules. In addition, more than three-quarters of involuntary part-time workers said their finances are in fair or poor shape, and almost one-third said their financial condition is flat out poor.
The new study was based on a sample survey of 944 part-time workers. The survey was conducted from March 25 to April 6, 2015, by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.