Reasons for starting gig work in the U.S. by generation 2018

This statistic shows the reasons for starting gig work in the United States in 2018, by generation. During the survey, 59 percent of Generation X respondents reported starting work in the gig economy in order to make ends meet, compared with 28 percent of Millennials and 46 percent of Baby Boomers.

Reasons for starting gig work in the U.S. in 2018, by generation

MillennialsGeneration XBoomers
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Release date

April 2018


United States

Survey time period

January 5 to February 18, 2017

Number of respondents

1,491 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

514 full-time, 256 part-time traditional employees and 721 gig workers.

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

More than one answer was possible.

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