Part-time Workers as Primary Wage Earners

Including income from family members 18 and older, 45 percent of part-time workers in 2009 were the primary wage earner.  This is almost a 50 percent increase from 1969.  Part\xe2\x80\x90time workers earn, on average, less per hour than other workers with the same levels of education and experience, and are much less likely to receive either health insurance or pension benefits from their employers. This is in part due to the concentration of part\xe2\x80\x90time jobs in a limited number of low\xe2\x80\x90paying industries.

Source: Analysis of CPS data by Luke Shaefer, following "Part-time workers: some key differences between primary and secondary earners," in Monthly Labor Review, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2009, http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2009/10/mlr200910.pdf and Jeffrey Wegner, The Continuing Problems with Part\xe2\x80\x90Time Jobs, Issue Brief #155, Economic Policy Institute, April 2001.

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