The new independent workforce


Over the past decade and a half the U.S. economy has weathered two significant recessions, including crises in the residential real estate and financial services industries.  Despite these economic hardships the self-employed and “solopreneur” workforce grew by 4.3 million workers and is projected to continue growing at double-digit rates.  The infographic below explores aspects of this “new economy” and attempts to dispel any notion that this rise is primarily driven by lay-offs or downsizing (only 13.8% of those surveyed gave that as their reason for wanting to work independently).

The new independent workforce

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