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March 1997

Characteristics of multiple jobholders

Thomas Amirault

According to the 1995 Current Population Survey, 7.9 million persons or 6.3 percent of all employed workers, held more than one job. This article examines the educational attainment, earnings, occupations, and industries of employment of persons who held more than one job in 1995. The data indicate that relatively highly educated persons have more than one job because their schedule allows it, because their expertise is in demand, or because their financial reasons extend beyond meeting basic living expenses and paying off debts.

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