Part time workers in the US

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 04:00 PM

I've had problems finding good information on part time workers in the U.S., since the government's statistical sampling survey that it uses to compute unemployment (see WTW story) apparently does not compile statistics on how many people were employed only part time.

I did finally track down some a Bureau of Labor Statistics series that covers various reasons for working part time. If I read it correctly, the number of people who regularly worked part time--not temporarily because of slow work, or the like--was 11,182,000 in 1976, 19,214,000 in 2005.  That's an increase of 8,032,000 in that 29 years.

I wonder what the numbers would be for people working temp jobs?