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Decrease in Number of Self-Employed Workers Since Recession

LifeAsFreelancerAccording to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, self-employment grew tremendously between 2001 and 2006 but has been on the decline lately.

There are approximately 10 million self-employed jobs in our country representing 6.6 percent of all jobs but that number is down from 7.2 percent in 2006.

Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation, indicated in the press release:

“The market for self-employment was significantly weakened by the recession. However, as full-time employment in traditional workplaces continues to improve we expect entrepreneurial opportunities to follow suit with time.”

The report also indicated a decrease in self-employed jobs is correlated to an increase of Americans working on the side to boost their incomes. As more people get a second and third job to supplement their salaries, less people are ditching their day job in order to fly solo. The stats tell all: 20 percent of full-time workers landed a second job on the side in 2013 or plan to get one in 2014.

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