The number of people in the United States working part-time or in part-year contracts has nearly doubled since the recession, according to a new report from the Labor Department.
More than 1.8 million workers were in full-time jobs, according the latest Labor Department report released Thursday.
The agency also said that the number of workers who were working part time and in part year contracts has grown by nearly 3 million in the past year.
The growth is largely driven by growth in the number and types of part-timers, the report said.
The report, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that the share of workers with full- or part- time jobs rose from 6.9% in 2015 to 9.6% in 2016.
It also said the share working part hours fell by more than 2 million workers, from 12.4% to 9%.
The number with part- year contracts rose from 1.7 million to 2.3 million, and the share who were employed part time fell from 13.6%, or 16.3%, to 12.3%.
The report also said there has been a large drop in the share employed part- or full- time in the last five years, from 31.9%, or 1.2 million workers in 2010 to 27.4%, or 0.8% in 2017.
It also said full- and part-season workers saw their share of total hours worked increase from 16.5% in 2010, or about 1.5 million hours a year, to 17.1% in 2021.
That share of full-year workers rose from 16% in 2012 to 17% in 2019.
But the biggest change is in the proportion of workers working part year, with the share with part time declining from 23.3% in 2020 to 21.6%.
The decline in part time work in the economy, the study said, has been largely driven in part by the effects of the economic recession.
The economic downturn has put downward pressure on full-timing and part time workers and, in turn, has pushed workers into part- and full-week jobs.
The decline is largely a result of the loss of full and part season jobs, the bureau said.
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