Gig Economy Data on Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements

Author(s): Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor

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The much anticipated Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release on the "Gig Economy" was published on June 7, 2018.   The "Gig Economy" refers to the contingent and temporary labor force working in short-term or alternative work arrangements.


The BLS released data on the following:

Ø Contingent Work

Ø Demographic Characteristics of Continent Workers

Ø Occupation and Industry of Contingent Workers

Ø Job Preferences of Contingent Workers

Ø Alternative Employer Arrangements

Ø Independent Contractors

Ø On-Call Workers

Ø Temporary Help Agency Workers

Ø Workers Provided by Contract Firms

Ø Compensation of Workers in Alternative Employer Arrangements

The information was obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households that provides data on employment and unemployment in the United States.

Data on contingent and alternative employment arrangements were collected periodically in supplements to the CPS from February 1995 to February 2005. The May 2017 supplement was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Chief Evaluation Office.


The major headings in the release and data tables can be accessed at

Contingent work and alternative employment arrangements are measured separately.  Some workers are both contingent and working in an alternative arrangement, but this is not automatically the case.  The measures of contingent work and alternative employment arrangements apply on to a person's sole or main job.  For individuals with more than one job, this is the job in which they usually work the most hours.

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