Business & Economics
Master of Arts (MA)
Involuntary part-time is one of the worst problems in the labor market today. These are people who want full-time work, but for a collage of reasons, can only obtain part-time work (35 hours a week or less). There are about 7 million Americans stuck in involuntary part-time work. At the start of the recession, there were about 3.5 million. Although the economy shows signs of improvement, involuntary part-time workers express little hope in their future. Many don't have healthcare, About 75 percent of IPT workers are either below the poverty line or in low income ($36,000 for a family of four). This two-part capstone explores the reasons why involuntary part-time remains high, why it's so hard for workers and where it is the worst in the country.
Gillespie, Patrick, "7 Million Americans Can’t Escape ‘Dead End’ Jobs" (2014). CUNY Academic Works.