Gig Economy Is Growing, But Not Growing Up

New evidence shows the American gig worker is real. And probably a tattooed freelancer.

Ready for our next gig.

Photographer: Lewis Mulatero/Getty Images

You weren’t totally imagining it! There really is a fast-growing contingent of Americans who get by on a variety of employments, none of them a full-time traditional job. They tend toward youth, and they increasingly find their gigs via online marketplaces.

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