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Source: Federal Reserve
Published: May 2018

Reasons for Being a Gig-Economy Worker

Circulated: May 6, 2019

31%
of US adults engaged in gig work in 2017, up from 28% in 2016. Online activities are the most common form of gig work, performed by 16% of U.S. adults.

Main reasons for gig work:

  • 39% supplement income from regular work
  • 19% hobby or just for fun
  • 16% primary source of income
  • 9% help family members
  • 2% acquire or maintain skills
  • 11% other

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