In this spotlight, we look at the states with the highest proportion of non-covered — or 1099 — workers, according to 2011 EMSI employment estimates. Not all jobs included in this breakdown are occupied by proprietors. Nonetheless, this is perhaps one unscientific way of measuring entrepreneurship activity by state.
From Appalachia to Alaska, the growth is eye-popping. Thousands of new jobs have sprouted up, most well-paying and all boons to their regions. There’s no denying oil and gas extraction jobs are on the rise, and not just in Texas and Oklahoma.
In a Newsweek cover story, George Mason University provided one estimate of independent contractors. And with our complete employment dataset, we can dig even more into this often-hidden part of the workforce.
The recent economic turmoil has led to a lot of scrutiny of job counts. To clear up some of the confusion we thought it would be helpful to take a quick look at the difference between “covered” workers (those covered by unemployment insurance) and “uncovered” workers (those not covered by unemployment insurance).