07/18/2013 11:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Disturbing Nature Of America's Part-Time Jobs Recovery (In 1 Chart)


The U.S. economy has created more than four times as many part-time jobs as full-time jobs this year, and a new government report shows why that's such a problem.

The report, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday, says that part-time workers are much less likely than their full-time colleagues to have access to employer-provided health care benefits, retirement savings plans and paid sick days.

Just 24 percent of part-time workers have access to employer-sponsored health care, while 85 percent of full-time workers get that benefit, the report found. Similarly, 24 percent of part-time workers have paid-sick leave, compared 74 percent of full-time workers. And when it comes to retirement benefits, 74 percent of full-time workers and 37 percent of part-time workers get help from their employer.

The striking discrepancy in benefits is charted out below:

part time workers chart

Recessions and recoveries often lead to a boost in part-time hiring. And this most recent recovery has been especially slow to add full-time jobs, forcing millions of American workers into part-time work they don't want.

Corporate executives have said that with the economy so weak, they're hesitant to invest in full-time employees. But the slow recovery hasn’t stopped corporate profits from soaring and firms from squeezing more out of their employees than ever.

Obamacare-detractors claim the part-time jobs recovery is the result of employers reacting to President Obama’s health care reform law, which requires large companies to provide health care coverage for full-time workers. But that theory doesn't take into account that the part-time recovery began before the law's particulars came to light.



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