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Contingent Workers Bolster California Work Force (Continued)

  Who are the Contingent Workers?
  Contingent Job Characteristics
  Hours and Earnings
Contingent Job Characteristics

In February 2005, nearly two-thirds of California's contingent workers were employed in four industry sectors:
  • Educational and health services
  • Professional and business services
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail trade
One out of every five contingent workers worked in the educational and health services industry (see Figure 2).

Figure 2 is a chart showing the industry distribution of contingent workers in California, February 2005.

Within these industries (not shown), construction, information, and professional and business services were the industry sectors that had the highest percentage of contingent workers in their workforce.  The financial activities, other services, and manufacturing sectors had the lowest prevalence of contingent work.

Figure 3 is a chart showing the occupation distribution of contingent workers in California, 2005.

More than one-quarter (27 percent) of contingent workers were employed in professional and related occupations. Three occupational groups-office and administrative support, service, and construction and extraction-accounted for two out of every five (41 percent) contingent workers.  Construction and extraction occupations had the highest concentration of contingent workers.  One out of every eight people in construction and extraction occupations worked on a contingent basis (see Figure 3).

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