Number of people working independently in the U.S. by frequency 2017-2019

This statistic shows the number of people working independently in the United States from 2017 to 2019, by frequency of independent work. In 2019, there were 15 million occasional independent workers in the United States, up from 12.9 million in 2017.

Number of people working independently in the U.S. from 2017 to 2019, by frequency

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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

March 2019

Number of respondents

3,985 respondents

Age group

21 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Occasional independent workers are defined as people who work independently at least once a month.
**Part-time independent workers are defined as people who regularly work 15 hours per week on an independent basis.
***Full-time independent workers are defined as people who regularly work over 15 hours per week on an independent basis.

Data prior to 2019 taken from the 2018 report.

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