One-Third of Part-Timers Want Full-Time Jobs, Can't Find Any

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Paying for groceries adults,buy,buyer,buying,cash register,cashier,caucasian,check out,check out counter,checkout,checkout count
jupiterimages
Part-time work can be great if you want to make some money but have other obligations or desires, such as being a full-time student, kids at home or retirement. But if what you really need is a full-time job with a full-time income, and you can't find one, that's a problem. And almost a third of part-time workers have it.

According to a new survey of 301 part-time workers by Harris Poll for CareerBuilder, 32 percent said they wanted to work full-time but couldn't find a position. Within that group, 31 percent were the sole breadwinners for their families, and 39 percent said they struggle to make ends meet. A quarter of the group already work two or more jobs.

The lack of full-time work is hitting them hard:
  • 31 percent have downgraded their lifestyles, in ways that included getting a cheaper car, smaller house or dropping cable TV.
  • 29 percent borrowed money from family or friends.
  • 23 percent suffered depression.
  • 22 percent moved back in with their parents.
  • 17 percent have high credit card debt as a result.
  • 14 percent experienced health issues.
This is a sign of a deep and persistent flaw in the economic recovery. Many new jobs have been in low-income or part-time positions. Too many positions being reported don't provide the economic benefit and security of the ones lost.

7 Million People Who Want More Work

According to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 7 million people, seasonally adjusted, who work part time -- less than 34 hours a week -- for "economic reasons." Another term for this group is "involuntary part-time workers." Although these people would prefer full-time employment, they either had their hours cut by their employers or were unable to find a full-time job. Focus on non-agricultural industries, and the number is still 6.9 million.

The total is down from 8 million in October 2013, which is certainly good news. But for the many millions still stuck in underemployment, it matters little. The respondents gave a variety of reasons (with multiple reasons possible) for why they couldn't find full-time positions:
  • 54 percent said there were fewer jobs in their fields than before the recession.
  • 51 percent didn't have the skills necessary for in-demand jobs.
  • 31 percent didn't look for full-time jobs on a regular basis.
  • 29 percent said they lacked the necessary education.
And yet, 27 percent of the people who couldn't find full-time work had at least a four-year college degree; another 8 percent had an associate's degree, 18 percent had some college and 7 percent had taken post-secondary school job-specific training. But 40 percent had a high school degree or less.

And whatever one thinks about unpaid internships, most of those part-timers stand ready to try one: 62 percent said they would be willing to work without pay for some period just to prove the value they could bring as a full-time employee.
Read Full Story

Want more news like this?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from business news to personal finance tips delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

13 People Recount Their First Kiss Horror Stories 13 People Recount Their First Kiss Horror Stories
Man Suspects His Wife Is Cheating On Him - Then His Daughter Reveals What's Really Going Man Suspects His Wife Is Cheating On Him - Then His Daughter Reveals What's Really Going
Large Numbers Of Horses Are Being Stuffed Into These Crates For A Despicable Reason Large Numbers Of Horses Are Being Stuffed Into These Crates For A Despicable Reason