The American job market ain’t what it used to be and many people are, understandably, taking the first job that comes their way. Lots of writers and actors do that anyway as they try to make it in the field they love.
I saw some interesting statistics about where and how people are working these days (shown below). I’ll confess that I snorted at the commute times because I live in Southern California – I commute an hour each way to work. And that’s on a good day.
American Workers Trivia
- The average time it takes to commute to work. 24.3 minutes
- The amount of time the average American spends commuting to work each year is more than 100 hours. (Do you realize this exceeds the typical two weeks of vacation time taken by many U.S. workers over the course of a year. I commute about 180 hours a year.)
- 7.3 million workers hold down more than one job. “Moonlighters” comprise 5 percent of the working population. Of these, 3.8 million work full time at their primary job and part time at their other job, and about 293,000 work full time at both jobs. (I believe this number is under-reported and actually higher.)
- 10.3 million workers are self-employed.
- 4.5 million people work at home.
That last stat…does it count the stay-at-home moms (SAHM) or the people who looked for work for so long that they gave up and started their own cottage industry? I kinda doubt it.
And what about you, my faithful More Cowbell friends? What do you work at when you’re not writing brilliant comments on this blog and others?
What is your “day job?” If it’s a Labor of Love for you, why? If you could do or be anything, what would it be? Enquiring minds always want to know here at More Cowbell!
p.s. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful three day weekend!