Graduation Date


Subject Concentration

Business & Economics

Degree Name

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.



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