New Study Sheds Light on the Struggles of Involuntary Part-time Workers

Sad-Broken-Piggy-Bank-150pixA 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.