In Sunday’s Washington Post, reporter Vickie Elmer wrote about the long hours independent contractors put in to keep up with — and establish — their work. She focused on freelancers in Washington, D.C., and included statistics from EMSI on the expanding independent contractor workforce for the D.C. metro.
About one in five employees around the Beltway works as an independent contractor or freelancer, according to the Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., which provides workforce data. Their total has grown 14 percent to 774,253 since 2005. Nationwide, 23 percent of all workers, or about 40.5 million people, are independent contractors, EMSI reports based on government data.
An important note: The workforce estimates cited from EMSI in the Washington Post article include more than just proprietors going at it by themselves. The data represents jobs not covered by federal and state unemployment insurance, which includes most commission-only salespeople, employees of small nonprofits and religious organizations, work-study/grad students employed by their school, among others.