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Multiple Job Holders in Missouri Increase

In 2013, over six out of every 100 Missouri workers worked more than one job, an increase from 2012. This represents one of the largest increase nationally in multiple job holders over the year. Nationally almost five in ten job holders held multiple jobs.

Multiple Job Holding Chart 2013

The number of Missouri multiple job holders declined by 3.1 percent from 1996 to 2002.  In 2002, the average hit a low of 5.9 percent, and held steady at 6.5 percent for three years. in 2008 and 2012 the multiple job rate fell to the lowest rate in over fifteen years to 5.3 percent.  

The largest declines from 2012 to 2013 nationally occurred in Arkansas (-0.7%), Mississippi (-0.7%), Kansas (-0.7%), Wisconsin (-0.6%), Montana (-0.6%), South Dakota (-0.6%) and Nebraska (-0.6%).  Twenty-five states showed increases with Missouri (1.2%) and Louisiana (1.1%) with the largest increases.

All bordering states except Missouri, Tennessee and Iowa declined in multiple job holding rates. Nationwide there was no change.

Percentage of Multiple Job Holders in Missouri Border States
Area 2012 Rate 2013 Rate % Change 2012 to 2013
Arkansas 4.7 4.0 -0.7
Illinois 5.1 4.8 -0.3
Iowa 7.3 7.6 0.3
Kansas 8.2 7.5 -0.7
Missouri 5.3 6.5 1.2
Nebraska 8.5 7.9 -0.6
Oklahoma 4.2 4.1 -0.1
Tennessee 4.1 4.5 0.4
United States 4.9 4.9 0.0

Some reasons for holding multiple jobs include: paying off debts, having an expertise in demand, saving for the future, getting experience, extra money for a special purchase, enjoyment of a second job and building up a business.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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