MERIC NEWS LETTER

Percent of Missourians Holding More than One Job Remains Steady

The percent of Missourians who worked more than one job was 6.5 percent in 2004, unchanged from 2003, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Labor Review. This figure is down 2.5 percentage points from 9.0 percent in 1996. The national average was 5.4 percent in 2004, up from 5.3 percent in 2003, but down compared to the 6.2 percent peak in 1996. Multiple jobholders are defined as employed persons who had either two or more jobs as a wage and salary worker, were self-employed and also held a wage and salary job, or worked as an unpaid family worker and also held a wage and salary job.

Georgia had the lowest percentage of workers who held multiple jobs at 3.9 percent, while North Dakota's 10.1 percent was the highest in the U.S. States in the West North Central, Mountain and New England regions, along with Alaska and Hawaii, tended to have the highest percentages of workers holding more than one job. The high rates of multiple jobholding generally corresponded with above average part-time employment and agricultural employment in a state.


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monthly Labor Review December 2005

Missouri falls in the middle of its neighboring states for the percentage of workers who held more than one job in 2004. Arkansas and Tennessee were the lowest, with 5.0 percent each and Kansas was the highest at 8.8 percent. Five of Missouri's surrounding states increased in the percentage of workers who held more than one job from 2003 to 2004.

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