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Nearly 2 million Americans work multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet

In September nearly 2 million Americans were working multiple part-time jobs, around more than 300,000 more than just 10 years ago.

Multiple part-time jobs

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

That's roughly 20 percent more than 10 years ago, in September 2004, when only around 1.3 million people were putting together multiple part-time jobs. One thing it points to is that unemployment (and employment) figures aren't everything; these people are employed, but to many, their job situations — rushing from one job to the next — may not be optimal. And as driveswift tweeted today, women make up twice as many of these workers as men do. So while the job market is improving in terms of quantity, it's not improving by quality.

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