U.S. Workers Taking Second Jobs Hits 30-Year High

At a glance

  • Findings were in McKinsey’s American Opportunity Survey.
  • One quarter of those surveyed said had to take extra work “out of necessity to support basic family needs.”
  • About 58 million Americans, or about 38% of employed survey respondents, identified as “independent workers” –  freelancers, gig workers, those who rent out living spaces, or performed other jobs.
  • Survey taken March 15-April 18, amid record-high inflation, driven in part by higher gas and food prices.

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