Media: Hustling for a Living by the New Times

On November 22, 2018 the New Times published Hustling for a living: Central Coast residents often work multiple jobs to stay afloat putting the Industry, Economic & Workforce Research into context. This article focuses on underemployment in San Luis Obispo County:

The Workforce Development Board released a report this year that highlighted key industry clusters, job quality, talent, educational characteristics, and commute patterns. It’s a way for the board to evaluate new opportunities and challenges for workforce development in the county.

According to the report, underemployment means that someone is working in a position below his or her qualification level. That can be someone who is overqualified for his or her position—maybe he or she has a bachelor’s degree but is working as a bartender—or someone who found part-time work but is searching for a full-time position.

Boulanger said underemployed workers usually have higher skills, more formal education, and more experience than their current job requires. These workers are typically involuntarily working in a field that differs from their education and earning 20 percent less than their previous job. Underemployment rates also include those who may not be making living wage, might not be working full time, and may not have access to health insurance.

“Our most recent data is showing us that 9.1 percent of middle-skilled workers are either involuntarily working part-time or are working in a position below their qualification level,” she said of the county. “That’s about eight times the statewide average, which is 1.1 percent.”

View the full article Hustling for a living: Central Coast residents often work multiple jobs to stay afloat or download the full Industry, Economic & Workforce Research study.

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