A Part-Time Life, as Hours Shrink and Shift-Surviving in a Changing Economy
Shannon Hardin earns $10.90 an hour at her part-time job.
workers can find it hard to arrange child care,
attend college or hold a second job,
according to interviews with more than 40 part-time workers.
In in two leading industries — retailing and hospitality — the number of part-timers who would prefer to work full-time has jumped to 3.1 million, or two-and-a-half times the 2006 level, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In retailing alone, nearly 30 percent of part-timers want full-time jobs, up from 10.6 percent in 2006.
The agency found that in the retail and wholesale sector, which includes hundreds of thousands of small stores that rely heavily on full-time workers, about 3 in 10 employees work part-time.
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