California Community Colleges launch Self-Employment Pathways in the Gig Economy project

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

It’s a uniquely tech sector term—the gig economy.

That’s a cool description for a fast-growing part of our workforce—one that is built around short-term, discrete jobs (or gigs) performed by people who operate independently (translated, they are working for themselves).

Uber, Lyft, Turo and Airbnb are just four well-known companies that have emerged in this dynamic and disruptive space.

How big is the gig economy? In the “Freelancing in America” study, commissioned by Freelancers Union and Upwork and conducted by independent research firm Edleman Intelligence, 34 percent of the American workforce – or 53.7 million people – are working as freelancers who “have engaged in supplemental, temporary, or project-based work adding $1.4 trillion annually to the economy through their freelance work.”

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