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UNH Research: Many Part-Time Employees Still Looking for Full-Time Work

Carsey School of Public Policy

New research from the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH shows the number of part-time employees who want to be working full-time has still not returned to pre-recession levels.

While the overall unemployment number is back to pre-recession levels, the percentage of workers who are part time but would like to be full-time remains higher than before the great recession.

Rebecca Glauber, author of the study, says the findings are an important asterisk to the overall unemployment rate.

“A lot of people want to work more than they’re working and they’re not working enough to earn a decent income or an income that they can actually live on,” said Glauber.

Part-time workers are more than five times as likely as full time workers to live in poverty.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.
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