A lot of Americans are doing work on the side these days. This isn’t apparent in the monthly employment data, which showed only 4.6 percent of workers holding multiple jobs in June, down from more than 6 percent in the mid-1990s. But evidence has been emerging in dribs and drabs from other sources. Here’s a new drib, courtesy of the Federal Reserve Board’s “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2015,” which came out in May but hasn’t gotten a whole lot of attention:
Twenty-two percent of employed adults indicate that they are either working multiple jobs, doing informal work for pay in addition to their main job, or both.