In May 2017, 5.9 million people, or 3.8 percent of the employed, held contingent jobs, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers. Contingent workers are people who do not expect their jobs to last or who report that their jobs are temporary. In February 2005, the last time the data were collected, contingent workers made up 4.1 percent of employment. In February 1995, the first year these data were collected, these workers comprised 4.9 percent of employment.
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