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Is the Gig Economy being Overlooked by our Presidential Hopefuls

Is the Gig Economy being overlooked by our Presidential Hopefuls

Our Presidential hopefuls have addressed a number of issues involving immigration, healthcare, and taxes but little has been said about our growing Gig Economy.

It’s been stated that at least 30% of the workforce is involved in the Gig Economy in some way and as companies like Uber and Taskrabbit continue to grow so will the number of contingent workers. If more isn’t done for this growing workforce it can lead to a slew of employment issues as more people are migrating away from the traditional workforce.

“The McKinsey number is significantly higher than previous studies. But interestingly, only 15% of those independent workers use digital platforms, like Uber, AirBnb or Taskrabbit. That suggests the size of that workforce could grow dramatically as these platforms expand in the years ahead. The McKinsey research also shows that some 70% of independent workers do so by choice, not by necessity. They like the autonomy that comes with independent work”, reports Alan Murray of Fortune.

Below is a video of some audience reactions from the second Presidential Debate, do you think the real issues are being addressed by our Presidential hopefuls?:

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2 replies
  1. Erik Koland
    Erik Koland says:

    True. This sector of the economy has been where much of the growth has been since the recession of 2008. It’s fascinating why it’s not talked about more. Any theories?

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  2. Ras McCurdie
    Ras McCurdie says:

    I think it’s not being taking seriously for a variety of reasons. It takes away from big business/corporations as people find more creative ways to make money. This seems to play into the right wing’s plans to create more jobs by getting big business/ corporations back in America. Hillary actually did acknowledge the gig economy over the Summer but has fallen silent since.

    Moreover, both parties have said the focus should be about building a stronger middle-class in the traditional sense,though they have different approaches. But the middle class that consists of young creative professionals doesn’t play into the traditional idea of the American Dream. Everyone knows lots of Millennials aren’t voting and that they make up the majority of the gig economy. Maybe the hopefuls aren’t addressing them intentionally because they understand this. So the debates have been focused on garnering faith from those who will be. Regardless, I think after the election more will be done to address freelancers because we aren’t going anywhere.

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