LABOR STATISTICS SURVEY DOCUMENTS NON-TRADITIONAL EMPLOYMENT In June of 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements survey based on 2017 data. The BLS survey remains significant because it represents the first large-scale survey of its kind since 2005 and it provides information on the makeup of the economy’s non-traditional employment sector. In May 2017, 3.8 percent of workers--5.9 million persons--held contingent jobs. These workers are persons who do not expect their jobs to last or who report them as temporary. The survey also identified a significant number of other workers with various alternative arrangements. There were 10.6 million independent contractors, 2.6 million on-call workers, 1.4 million temporary help agency workers, and 933,000 workers provided by contract firms. To access the full BLS economic news release and data tables, go to

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