Quarter of Oregonians Work Part Time

UNEMPLOYMENTEUGENE, Ore. — A new report from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says a quarter of people with jobs in Oregon are only working part time. The report counts people as part-time employees if they worked at least one hour, but less than 35 hours during a given week.

The Oregon Employment Department took a look at those same numbers and says that while some people may work part-time because it fits their circumstances, it’s definitely not a choice for everyone.

Research analyst Tracy Morrissette says, “An involuntary part-time worker is someone who is working part time, but has indicated that they would rather be working more hours in a full-time job.”

According to a recent study they did, a quarter of part-time workers are involuntary, because their hours have been reduced or they can’t find a full-time job.

At 24.4% percent, Oregon’s part-time unemployment rate is about 5% percent higher than the national average. But the Oregon Employment Department says while the numbers may be different, the trends are the same.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

1 + = 6

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>