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4 Dimensions for Understanding Who’s Searching for Part-time Jobs


Last week in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke about the nation’s economic recovery and noted that despite signs of improvement, the labor market still faces many challenges. Among other things, Yellen touched on the high number of Americans working part time for economic reasons — 7.5 million people would like a full-time job but can’t find one, a figure that’s roughly 60% greater than the prerecession level.

Part-time jobs and the people who work 35 hours or less in a given position play a complex role in the economy. Our analysis from last year shows that of all the job postings on Indeed in September 2013, 16% were part-time jobs, that’s 1 part-time job for every 5 full-time job postings. We wanted to get an in-depth look at who’s searching for those jobs and where they’re coming from.

The Indeed Hiring Lab examined the job search data to get the breakdown of who’s interested in part-time jobs, slicing the data by four key dimensions: gender, work experience, occupation and location.