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March 1997

New data on multiple jobholding available from CPS

John F. Stinson, Jr.

This article first looks at how the data on multiple jobholders now are obtained from CPS questions and how such workers are defined. It then provides some historical perspective on moonlighting by examining trends from the data collected in the May supplements. It also examines the work schedules and the demographic, industrial, and occupational characteristics of moonlighters from the new CPS data. Finally, it examines the data to see what effect changes in the number of multiple jobholders have on measuring employment growth.

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