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Contingent Workers Bolster California Work Force (Continued)

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

Contingent workers in California worked an average of 27.6 hours a week in February 2005.  This was close to one-third fewer hours than those that held permanent jobs.  Contingent workers were twice as likely to work part-time as permanent workers, even though nearly two-thirds of them would prefer a permanent, full-time job.

A large percentage of contingent workers were from low-income households and were twice as likely as permanent workers to report household/family income as less than $25,000 a year (27 percent versus 13 percent).

For more information call Paul Wessen, LMID Economist at (916) 262-2325.

To read an analysis of national trends regarding the contingent workforce, see

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