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Working 2 or More Jobs – Is This the New Normal?

C. E. Clark has managed employees as well as been an employee herself for nearly 50 years.

Juggling More Than One Job

The number of multiple job holders in this country has been growing over the years even before we arrived at the terrible economy so many people are experiencing now in 2012. In fact the economy has been the cause for putting hundreds of thousands of people and families in perilous situations since the Crash of 2008.

There have always been people living on the edge from paycheck to paycheck, but now in the current economy the number of people in that situation, not surprisingly, has risen. In 1997 about 31% of the population was living from paycheck to paycheck with no safety net. According to Kathy Kristof of CBS, Money Watch, the current percentage of people now living in that “one paycheck away from disaster” situation in the U.S. is 38%.

Many people are unemployed and have given up trying to find a job in the current economy, while many other people have taken jobs with far fewer hours and lower wages than they previously had in an effort to survive. In fact, many people have taken 2 or 3 of those low paying part-time jobs.

Seven years after the Crash of 2008, many people even now in 2015 remain underemployed or unemployed. Since they have given up trying to find work they are no longer included in the artificially low unemployment statistics. I say those statistics are artificially low because if everyone who really wanted and needed a job were included in those statistics the unemployment rate would be much higher.

More and more people are juggling 2 or more jobs

Holding several jobs can seem like riding a unicycle while juggling.

Holding several jobs can seem like riding a unicycle while juggling.

Working Multiple Jobs

Many of the people who work where I work, for the local school district, have 2 and sometimes 3 jobs. That is because most of the jobs for the school district are part-time and the wages are low.

In addition to working for the school district, some people work at Wal-Mart stocking shelves at night, some people work in cleaning crews, and some people hold jobs that are part-time in nursing homes, hospitals, retail stores, restaurants and so forth. They somehow juggle the two or three jobs they have so that they do not conflict with each other. There are also a number of people who have small businesses to supplement their income or who do odd jobs as they can find them.

Additionally, there are people who work second jobs for cash, and so it is likely they are not included in the U.S. Bureau’s Labor Statistics. Yes, there have always been people who do this, but the point is that with the economy being so bad for many individuals and families, more people than ever are working multiple jobs, and some of those jobs are for cash, out of necessity.

If you are a person who has hardly noticed the downturn in this economy, be thankful and count your blessings. You are in the minority.

People who are holding 2 or more jobs in this economy are not unusual. In fact, according to the most recent available numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, (2010 Census) in December of 2011 more than 7 million people in this country were holding 2 or more jobs. That’s 5% of the total workforce. Sometimes they are holding 2 full time jobs, sometimes one full-time and one part-time job, and sometimes it is 2 or more part-time jobs. More than half of all multiple job holders are women.

Since these statistics are several months old, it is reasonable to believe even more than 7 million workers in this country are holding 2 or more jobs because the economy has not improved appreciably since these statistics were published. In fact, the economy has gotten worse. The most recent job creation statistics from last month (July 2012) were dismal.

One reason things have not improved for people who are working full time, either at one job or several jobs combined, is that wages have not risen to keep up with higher prices for everything from rent to food to medical care, insurance, and pretty much everything.

Not All Multiple Job Holders Are In Low Pay Jobs

Not everyone who has found it necessary to hold 2 or more jobs in this economy is in a low paying job. Andrew Sum, professor of economics and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University says the better educated a person is, the more likely they are to be holding a second job.

This used to be common for high earners, especially people with special skills or training, just because the opportunities were there and that little extra money was nice to have.

However, more and more it is becoming a necessity for higher earners to take a second or third job just as it has been for low wage earners for a long time. With prices on everything going up and wages and salaries going down, high earners are having to choose between lowering their lifestyle or working additional jobs to maintain the lifestyle they have become accustomed to.

The economy has been negative for many people for a very long time. The only people who seem to think the economy is improving, if anyone does, are the people who have suffered the least from the beginning. For so many people we are in a depression, not a recession, as some of the better off people would want everyone to believe. More and more people are asking, “Is this the new normal?”

References for multiple job statistics

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Kristof, Kathy. “More Americans Live Paycheck To Paycheck.” CBS CBS Money Watch. July 23, 2012. Online. Internet 6 August 2012. Available

Tahmincioglu, Eve. “More Women Holding Down Multiple Jobs.” Careers. March 21, 2010. Online. Internet 6 August 2012. Available

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economics News Release. August 3, 2012. Online. Internet 6 August 2012. Available

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 C E Clark


C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 05, 2018:

Peggy Woods, thank you for your comments. Yes, Western European countries have been providing their citizens with 4 or more weeks of paid vacation every year for many years now. I'm glad if they're continuing to do that and not trying to emulate the U.S. They have discovered that people are more productive when they have more free time for themselves.

Here, everyone is talking about how low the jobless rate is now and how many jobs are now available under the wonderful Trump Administration. Only thing is, most of those jobs are minimum or very low pay jobs and not full-time in many cases. So one only needs to have 3-4 of those jobs to juggle in order to barely make ends meet at the end of the month. That's if they're single.

If a person has a family/children to support, s/he may need 6-8 of those jobs, one just to pay for their 24 hour permanent childcare so their children won't have to grow up alone without their parents who have to work every minute, not even allowing for sleep.

At least the wealthy are well taken care of and won't need to ever work a day in their lives. Maybe that's why many people need 5 of those wonderful jobs -- one to pay the taxes so the wealthy won't have to be imposed on to pay their share. In truth, it is the wealthy who are the moochers because they never pay their fair share, yet they benefit from everything our taxes pay for. Some of them are at least honest enough to admit their taxes are too low, yet you never hear of them writing a check to the U.S. Treasury to ease their guilty consciences . . . do wealthy people even have a conscience?? The ones I know do not.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2018:

I just read an article by Ethel the other day who lives in Great Britain. She was writing about people who take part-time jobs. Apparently, in that country, the law was changed and companies employing part-time workers have to pay them 4 weeks of paid vacation time. Amazing!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2018:

Americans work really hard with less time off than in other countries...and that is including those with good paying jobs. My German girlfriend who was an OR nurse got 6 weeks of paid vacation back when I had 2 weeks. She also had other perks. This goes back many years but just gives you an idea.

No one I know works 2 or more jobs except out of necessity. It is a sad situation with many causes and none of them will be easily or quickly fixed I am afraid.

Robert Sacchi on July 25, 2017:

No problem. It would be interesting to hear from people from other countries to see if the situation in America is unique or a world wide problem.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 25, 2017:

Robert Sacchi, thank you for adding your wisdom to this article and for bringing another viewpoint, (which I happen to share) to the discussion.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 12, 2017:

Lisa, thank you for taking time to share your thoughts. In fact, as much as you might like it not to be about the economy, it is. Very few people work 2 or more jobs for the fun and enjoyment of it because for most of us, there isn't any. Especially if one has children and other people depending on them, they have to do whatever it takes to come through, and it's not a matter of stacking money up by the pound, it's sometimes a matter of providing the bare necessities to those people you love and meeting your responsibilities.

Government statistics show that working 2 or more jobs is a trend because more and more people are doing it just to keep body and soul together. No one I know gets rich working 3 minimum pay jobs for 20 hours a week each. Or even 3 jobs at $10 an hour with 25 hours a week each.

The cost of living is going up fast and it makes no sense given how many people are working at underpaying jobs. Rent here in North Texas has recently gone up to between $700 and $1000 a month for a ONE-bedroom, one bath apartment. Studio apartments run around $650 and up. Even just renting a room in someone else's house is $600 and up. One job at even $10 an hour/40 hours a week will have a tight budget managing that kind of rent. If you have children, or you're a single mom, things get much more difficult. Wages simply have not and are not keeping up with the cost of living a barely acceptable lifestyle.

I agree that life should be more than work, but not everyone has the resources you apparently have in order to enjoy the many things you mention.

Thank you again for sharing your opinion.

Robert Sacchi on July 09, 2017:


That depends on the jobs. In some cases people have to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet. I'm working with someone who is working multiple jobs. I don't know how she does it. The jobs are low paying so there seems little choice. A good paying full time job is great. What happens when that job goes away and the only options are jobs that pay 1/2 of what you were getting?

Lisa on July 07, 2017:

I honestly think working multiple jobs is stupid. Life is other things than a job. Plus I would rather have less money and "more time" to actually experience things in the world such as friends, my spouse, visit states I never been to before etc. So in my honest opinion for people who work multiple jobs it's not a trend and it's not the new normal. You only live once so why would you want to spend your life working so much that you really don't have time to experience things? So I'm not going with the "crowd" on this. Working multiple jobs has nothing to do with the economy it's a stupid choice people make.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 29, 2017:

Yes, Robert (Robert Sacchi), and I think before much more time passes, even more people will be working 2 jobs while others will be lucky if they have even one. I really don't believe Trump will be good for the economy in the long run.

Robert Sacchi on March 21, 2017:

Thank you for your response. It seems many people are underemployed. A lot of talent is going to waste.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 21, 2017:

Robert Sacchi, thank you for reading my article and for your question. I think things have improved to some extent in that more people have jobs instead of being unemployed and often homeless as a result. At the same time, most of the jobs aren't 40 hours a week and they're low pay, often minimum pay, so that whenever possible people still need two jobs or more to get by. Unfortunately some people aren't able to find additional jobs so while they aren't starving with just one job they are still homeless.

Robert Sacchi on February 27, 2017:

Do you believe the situation has gotten better or worse since you wrote this article?

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 09, 2015:

Peggy W., thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns about this topic. It's true that lots of people must hold 2 or more jobs just to get enough hours because they pay is so low a few hours won't cut it.

The jobs that went away aren't coming back and as things stand there are more people than there are jobs for everyone, and I'm told that isn't likely to change for the better either.

By breaking the unions, there is no longer anyone for employers to compete against. Now they can all compete to see who can pay the least wages/salaries and who can do anything about it? They no longer must compete with unions for the best employees.

I know all unions are not perfect, but most of them did look out for their members. My father was union, and a lot of people I knew growing up were union, and their unions were good ones. Unions broke the trail for higher wages and decent benefits. None of the unions here in Texas (and probably through the South) have any teeth. There is little if any advantage to belonging to a union anymore because some people have destroyed their ability to protect their members.

Employees in Texas have no rights. Employers have all the advantages here and in all 'Right to Work' states. Without unions to set the tone, employers will race to see who can pay the least.

I've noticed all prices have gone up, but not wages. I've noticed that there are many empty apartment units here, yet rent has gone up.

The numbers of homeless people are going up too. Many homeless people I've talked to have jobs, but those jobs pay the minimum wage, not enough for a bird to live on even before all the prices went up.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2015:

While more states are considering raising the minimum wage and it will probably be a hot topic for Presidential candidates...the number of hours offered per week still needs to be raised in order for people to financially survive. Oftentimes big companies limit the hours so that they do not have to pay other benefits. It is a vicious circle!

People are often not valued as much as they were in the past. There was more loyalty both from the employer as well as the employee. Very few people will now retire after working 40 years for just one company and get that proverbial gold watch.

Hopefully things will change for the better.....but when? In many ways the old days were better. Sharing once again.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 03, 2015:

Ezzly, thank you for sharing information on this subject. There are many minimum pay jobs in this country and in fact they are the majority of jobs. Often they do not offer more than 20-30 hours a week either, as you pointed out. Fast food and other restaurant jobs, retail jobs, and the list goes on and on. One single person cannot manage on a minimum pay job without a ton of roommates and second or third job and maybe help from family or friends.

ezzly on April 03, 2015:

Very interesting Hub! My hubby is from PA and he says a lot of retail workers end up working two or more jobs as its so hard to get full time hours in retail. His own aunt who is in her 50's even had to get a job in Hallmark to supplement her office job as they cut her short of just enough hours that she wasn't entitled to the normal benefits/perks. Thanks for writing this piece, sharing on twitter and voted up :)

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 25, 2015:

Naeintn, thank you for reading and sharing your experience on this issue. Have you looked into Medicaid? You won't know if you qualify if you don't try. Despite the abundant lies 'out there,' not everyone is required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. If you qualify for Medicaid you do not have to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. There are several other categories of people who do not have to buy health insurance or pay penalties either.

Have you applied for food stamps? Food stamps are for the purpose of helping families like yours when times are hard. Glad to hear you don't have a lot of debt. That is a big help I'm sure. I understand about the cars. Mine is 20 years old and no car payment. I'm so glad I don't have to deal with that.

I know Republicans want everyone to be shamed into not applying for food stamps, but there is no excuse for making one's children suffer hunger just because of what a Republican may think of you. Anyone who would make their children go to bed hungry or eat food with little nutrition because of what some people in our society might think about them should be publicly flogged on the town square with their pants down. People who think children should be left to go hungry for any reason should be given the same treatment.

I'm glad your husband has the two jobs. There are so many people who still do not have even one, or even a part-time one. I know it's hard on him and on your family, but being homeless and hungry would be even harder. You have my best wishes for better things to come, and soon.

naeintn on January 23, 2015:

Wow! Here it is 2015 and I don't see things have changed for the better at all! My husband and I just moved our family from small town tn to a small town just outside of Nashville for more job opportunities for him. He has a full time job with a company making above min wage, about $7 above, and has just this week taken on a part time job 5 days per week so we can afford food! We are a family of four who does not live an extravagant lifestyle. Both older cars are paid for, no cable TV, no fancy cell phones, no going out to eat much, etc. We don't buy new clothes and he and I can't afford dental insurance right now on us. We have some on our girls. Our medical ins premium is crazy high out of every paycheck but what else are we suppose to do? Food goes up evey second it seems and housing is no better. What are people suppose to do?? Glad to see that we are not the only ones dealing with this, although it seems that everyone around us is doing better than we are. Oh and we don't have tons of debt either like a lot of people either. Just don't know what we are doing wrong. thanks for this timely post.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 09, 2014:

PegCole17, thank you for coming by and sharing your experiences over the years.

At the university they told us that 80% or more of graduates don't work in the field of their degree and often never do throughout their careers. I know many people are underemployed because there are getting to be more and more jobs that are 30 or fewer hours a week. I know lots of people with 2 or 3 jobs like that.

With wages so low for jobs that don't require more than a high school diploma, most people are lucky to make ends meet. There's nothing left to save unless you count turning the lights out when you leave the room saving. Nowadays people save by not turning them on in the first place.

Yes, and we're now going though a time not so different from what it was like after the market crash of 1929. I know it's only a recession for the wealthy -- and who else matters? It was only a tiny blip on their radar and it's long over for them. Some of the wealthy just happened to blink at a strategic time and now wonder what on earth people are talking about when they say the great recession.

But for many of us who are considered expendable/disposable, no matter how much education we have, those of us who don't matter because we aren't wealthy, it's a depression that won't go.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 01, 2014:

As always, your topic here is thought provoking and stimulates much lively conversation. The statistics seem to be growing for the number of people who live without the benefit of a safety net - with little or no savings to speak of in times of hardship.

It would be interesting to know how many people are underemployed and working in fields unrelated to their chosen education or degrees. I worked two jobs most of my career, too. So did my Aunt who finally retired in her eighties after working since she turned twelve when her father passed away leaving her mom with three little ones. That was in the 1920s. Times were hard then, too.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 03, 2014:

Cloverleaffarm, thank you for stopping by and sharing your person experience on this subject.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 29, 2014:

Peggy W, thank you for tweeting this article! Agree with what you say.

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on April 28, 2014:

I've worked two jobs since I was 13, so I don't think anything of it. Many people over the years have worked multiple jobs when they needed to, so I don't think it's anything new.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2014:

Going to give this a tweet. Sadly things have not changed much for many people since you first wrote this.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 11, 2014:

ElleBee, thank you for coming back and sharing your current situation and thoughts on this subject. All ages in the 20s are young. Wait a while and you will appreciate that more. ;)

Very wise to try to clear away your student loans as much and as quickly as you can. Marriage and family usually bring their own set of debts -- a home, the needs of children all the way through college, etc., and having those student loans out of the way can be a great blessing!

ElleBee on April 06, 2014:

I commented on this over a year and a half ago now, but am still interested to see all the comments coming in. Definitely still very true almost two years after you wrote this. Just like I was back at the time of my first comment I hold a full-time (semi) professional level job, but even living at home with my parents that just pays the bills given the amount of my student loan debt, and so I find myself with another job on the side. Could I get by with just one job? Yes. But as I head into my late 20s, I realize now is the time to work two jobs. I hope that within the next few years I will be married and starting a family, I'd like to get as much of my debts paid off while I am still young-ish. I am willing to slave away now with two jobs (plus writing, babysitting etc. on the side) in order to have more flexibility when I do have that family.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 05, 2014:

Deborah-Diane, thank you for stopping by! Supposedly the job market is back to where it was when the Great Bank Heist of 2008 tanked the economy, but personally, I hadn't noticed that. Expect it is the people who were unaffected who are saying it's back to normal again . .

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on April 02, 2014:

I think this will be very interesting for all those kids who will be graduating from high school and college this spring!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 27, 2013:

DDE, thank you for reading and commenting on his article!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 23, 2013:

There are many people whom I know of have two jobs, sometimes it is far too much to cope with and family is often neglected.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 19, 2013:

Thank you DeborahNeyens for sharing your experience on this subject. I'm sure a lot of people can relate. :)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 15, 2013:

It's not all bad. Since I quit my full-time corporate law job to focus on my writing (2 years ago today - it's my quitiversary!) I've taken a part-time legal job in a bank (3-4 days a month) and will be teaching a class 2 mornings a week at a local university this fall. I make less money, but have less stress and am much happier. I like juggling my schedule and being my own boss. But I do have 3 different email addresses now. That's a bit of a pain.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 16, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, thank you for reading, commenting and pinning this hub! It's much worse than you describe. I think it's more like 1/3 are making under $15,000. I make even less than that. With so many people unemployed, the accurate unemployment rate being more like 18%, wages are low because the competition for every job is so great.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on June 15, 2013:

This is very interesting. I read recently that 1/3 of the workers in our country currently earn less than $24,000 a year. I repeat ... WORKERS are earning under $24,000 a year. This means that millions of hard-working people will never be able to buy a home or save for retirement. Our economy needs more high-paying jobs for hard-working people if it is ever going to improve. I pinned this to my board on "Money Making and Saving Ideas".

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 02, 2013:

Thank you Express10 for reading and commenting on this hub. Agree with what you say. It would seem that the U.S. is in decline and everyone will suffer at some point.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 29, 2013:

Thank you Peggy W for putting that link on your hub and for sharing this article. I hope things get better soon too, but it's been such a long time and the situation for the poor doesn't seem to be getting any better. Prices are up and wages, and hours to work, are down.

H C Palting from East Coast on April 24, 2013:

There are many people of various incomes doing this just to tread water or get ahead. Many people have been jarred into understanding that it is vital to have more than one source of income after the only source they had was eliminated. Also, when things do pickup as far as availability of well-paying jobs, many employers will be S O L because many employees currently feel they are not highly valued and compensated properly and are just dying for greener pastures. This was a very interesting, useful, and well researched hub.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2013:

Hi again Au fait,

Going to add a link from this hub to mine about job loss or hard times verses the Great Depression. Sharing again! Would like to think that things will improve in the near future.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 30, 2013:

Thank you sgbrown for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub! You are right in that the job market is getting worse in many respects and at best not expanding much if at all. There is no demand and of course when people are without money they are not going to buy things they can do without. At least most of us don't. Happy Easter!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 26, 2013:

It is truly a shame that working 2 jobs now is almost a necessity, not a choice. Many employers are reducing employees hours so they don't have to pay benefits, that needs to stop! I had worked two jobs many times over the years and it is a terrible strain on the family, especially the children. The cost of everything has gone way up, while pay and benefits keep coming down. I think our future is very dim. Something has got to change! Voting this up and interesting. :)

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 10, 2013:

Shyron, thanks for stopping by!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 09, 2013:

Thank you rajan jolly for reading, commenting on this hub, and for sharing your information on this subject relating to India.

This economy has had a huge affect on me and continues to do so. I guess I was middle class having been a lawyer's wife a few years ago, but now I'm on Food Stamps and pretty much living in poverty with no access to medical care, my doctor and my mechanic being God, because I can't afford human ones.

This economy is still affecting me in the worst way even though the only place left to go is to living in my car -- unless it stops running and then it will be the streets. I think a person has to be poor to truly understand how things affect the poor.

Thanks for the up vote!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 07, 2013:

Au fait, people in many countries are feeling the economic crunch. With living expenses shooting up, many people today are perforce, doing longer hours or 2 jobs or having a secondary source of income in India too. It is the so called middle class that bears the brunt of the impact these price hikes have, neither the poor nor the well to do.

It does seem this trend has come to stay.

Interesting analysis.

Voted up.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 02, 2013:

You are welcome!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 02, 2013:

Thank you for your support, Shyron!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 28, 2013:

Fantastic hub. You are right as usual.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 27, 2013:

sweetie1, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. It's actually cheaper to eat at fast food restaurants here from the Dollar Menu, than it is to buy food from the grocery store and cook it. Not everyone has the means to cook nor the money to buy from the grocery store.

Our cost of living is much higher here I would say. The cheapest 1 bedroom apartment here in the city of 125,000 where I live is $650 a month. You might be able to lower that cost by living in a dump where most of us wouldn't leave our dogs (I've heard you eat them in India, so that isn't an issue for you), or you might be able to pack in a dozen or so roommates, but most of us here don't find that appealing. I understand many of your employers keep their employees in barracks -- that must hold the cost of shelter down and help a lot with birth control too! ;)

There are wastrels all over the world, they don't just reside in the U.S. I think if more of our jobs stayed in the U.S. instead of being shipped to India it would be easier for people here to find just one job that would pay all of the bills. While wages here have dropped considerably, prices for things have gone up. Some food items at the grocery store have gone up as much as $1 per item. That's a huge hike.

Since you sound like you've never visited here much less lived here, I think it behooves you to judge the people who do live here. It's true that walking isn't crowded, but here without a car many people would find it difficult to get around. When I say here, I'm talking about most of the state of Texas. The U.S. is not one crowded city the way it would seem to be in India. You will probably be heartened however, to learn that we are getting more and more of the tent cities you have so many of, so we are getting more and more like India every day. :)

It's usually best not to criticize when you don't have any first hand experience in what you are criticizing.

sweetie1 from India on January 27, 2013:

I am really surprised , Americans lowest wage is about 8$ an hour which is many times more than highly qualified people earn in many other countries and yet they live okay. Is it because people do not live a life of wasting money in other countries, like nearly everyone even a student has a car and we all know how much it costs to afford one and then they eat out a lot which is not unhealthy but costly too..just two small examples.. there must be millions more. May be if people spent little better like in other countries.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 28, 2012:

Thank you Peggy W, for reading and commenting on this hub, and for the votes and especially for sharing! Yes, there are so many unemployed that it keeps wages low while prices keep rising, and there are at least 50 or more people standing in line waiting for your job if you don't work out. Agree with everything you say!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Such a sad state of affairs for so many people these days...having to literally work themselves to death to keep house and home together. Even if one is fortunate to have one job, there is less security these days that one will be able to keep that job! People are dispensable in this day and age. Seldom will a hard working individual get to stay and work for one company and retire with a pension and the proverbial gold watch as in days past. Up votes and sharing.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 17, 2012:

Thank you for commenting Shyron. I fear you are correct.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 14, 2012:

I have to keep reading this, yes it is the new norm. and soon will be the new norm work three or more just to exist.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 14, 2012:

Thank you sgbrown for reading, commenting and sharing this hub!

If you think part-time is bad, people where I work have to clock in and out throughout the day. It's part-time seasonal work. I start my first shift at 7 AM and then have to clock out at 9 AM. Clock back in at 9:30 AM and then out again at 11:30 AM. Then I have to clock in again at 2:25 PM and out again at 4:35 PM.

This is legal in TX. God Bless the "right to work" states who made this possible.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on October 11, 2012:

I think something should be done about all the employers who are making big profits, but won't let many of their employees work full time. As part time employees, they don't have to pay as much and they don't have to give them any benefits. This is SO not right! This is a great hub and well researched. Voting up + and sharing. :)

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 16, 2012:

Perspycacious, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, for sharing, and for such high praise! I'm not sure I deserve it, but I do appreciate it just the same. Please do stop by often!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on September 15, 2012:

I shared this Hub.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on September 15, 2012:

I have been absent from your Hubs for far too long. This Hub is a fine example of your quality writing and research. Today I read again some of your comments you shared with me on impulsiveness and realized, perhaps better than at that time, the treausure you are.

Thanks again. I won't be as absent as in the recent past.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 09, 2012:

You make a good point since it is already common in China and India for workers to live in barracks provided by their employers and that is who we have to compete with. Thank you for your input Shyron!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 07, 2012:

The new norm, will soon be: you have to live at you place of employeement,

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 07, 2012:

Thank you Nicole S for reading and commenting on my hub! One reason it may seem like you're not doing as well as you feel you should be with both of you working 2 jobs is that wages are stagnant, and retail prices have gone up considerably.

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on September 06, 2012:

I currently work 2 jobs, and my husband works 2 as well. Yet somehow it still seems like we're cutting it close every month - not sure how that works! Nice hub here, very true and telling.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 25, 2012:

danielleantosz, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub! I agree with you when it comes to having a job or 2 to fall back on if one job disappears for some reason, which could easily happen in our current economy. Very smart.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 25, 2012:

Thank you Giselle Maine for reading and commenting on my hub! Yes, the year of the crash I was able to support myself on one full time job. Now I can't even find one full-time job.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 24, 2012:

donnah75, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, and for adding to the information here!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 23, 2012:

Thundermama: Thank you for reading, commenting, and adding your thoughts to this discussion!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 22, 2012:

Thank you Brett.Tesol for reading, voting, commenting and sharing! Afraid I must agree with you. Things are going to get much worse before they get better.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 22, 2012:

Thank you bdegiulio for reading and commenting on my hub! I think you are right. I think that is exactly what is happening. People are being forced to work 'til they die. I have personally known people who had terminal cancer who worked for as long as they could because they didn't want to lose their health insurance benefits. The only treatments they were still getting was for pain to keep them on their feet to work as long as possible.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 22, 2012:

emilybee, thank you for commenting on my hub! Maybe for you a part-time gig selling on eBay or Amazon or something you could do for cash once in a while -- like delivering your scrumptious homemade oatmeal cookies as a gift to people for special occasions would be just the thing to take up the slack.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 22, 2012:

Alecia Murphy, thank you for commenting on my hub! One job, if one can find any job at all, is often part-time and low pay. Like you said, there seems to be no relief in sight.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 22, 2012:

Natashalh, thank you for commenting on my hub. I'm glad if it helped you to feel less alone. Think it's safe to assume lots of people are joining your ranks when they can find any job at all right now.

I got the idea for this hub from another hubber who wrote about how no one is walking anymore. I pointed out that many people don't have the time to walk or eat right or much of anything else because so many people are working 2 or even 3 jobs these days, and it's a matter of rushing from one to the next. He responded by saying he didn't believe very many people were holding 2 jobs much less 3. So I checked the stats because I know a lot of people who have 2 or more jobs, and the stats were more than I expected. I decided to write about and share my findings for everyone's benefit.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 21, 2012:

MundaneMondays: Thank you for commenting on my hub. It does seem as though one can't win for losing these days.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 21, 2012:

Thank you moonlake for adding to this discussion. It is sad that so many people have to work so many jobs that they can't enjoy time with their families or even peace and quiet for a while.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 21, 2012:

Patty Inglish,MS; thank you for reading and commenting on my hub! Thank you also for adding to the discussion!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 20, 2012:

ElleBee: Thank you for reading and commenting. I think you make some good points. Lots of people with college degrees along with people with families are now living in our tent cities and so it goes beyond living beyond one's means. Many are forced to take jobs they probably had in high-school because that's all there is.

Hope we see some improvement soon. Thanks again for your thoughts!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 20, 2012:

tammyswallow, thank you for reading and commenting. You are correct in that people are hurting and it isn't getting any better. In the school district where I work, (I just went back to work to day so that is why I'm late working on returning comments) we were told today that last year there were 900 homeless children in our district and more are expected this year. Very sad state of affairs and no one seems to want to do anything about it except play politics and worry about keeping their own elected office -- talking both parties here.

danielleantosz from Florida on August 19, 2012:

Very true, on all accounts. I work one full time job, two part time jobs (one for cash) plus pick up freelance writing gigs when I can. I do it partially because I need money to pay bills, but also due to fear of losing one of my jobs. I feel better having multiple sources of income, so if one job falls through I can still pay the rent by picking up more hours somewhere else.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 19, 2012:

Thank you for commenting as always Shyron. Agree that those people who have lost very little in the current economy cannot begin to understand the tremendous losses so many people have experienced, and sadly, many don't care.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 19, 2012:

Thank you Glimmer Twin Fan for reading and commenting on my hub. I think these days one really doesn't have a choice when it comes to paying the bills or family life. So many thousands of people in the U.S. are living in tent cities, including families with children, that foregoing family life in favor of keeping a roof has to win out.

Giselle Maine on August 19, 2012:

To look at it another way, it is scary how things change. Just a generation ago it was possible and in many cases usual to raise a family on one income. Now that is the exception rather than the rule. And what is even scarier is what you said in your hub, that many people are working more than 1 job (often a full-time and a part-time job) - regardless of whether or not they are trying to raise a family. Like you say, for many people it is not really a choice, especially if their jobs earn a low wage.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on August 19, 2012:

I also work in a school, as a teacher. The number of teachers who have second (and third) jobs is on the rise, even though we are paid reasonably well. (In our district, we have been working under an old,expired contract for five years, so the pay isn't keeping up.) There are many other school employees who must work second jobs, because, like you said, their wages are incredibly low and often they are part time. These are tough economic times indeed. Voted up.

Catherine Taylor from Canada on August 19, 2012:

Very well researched and written. I too suspect this is the new normal. I am one of the many holding down two jobs to cobble together enough income to live and I don't see that changing soon.

Brett C from Asia on August 19, 2012:

The two job situation has been big for years now, especially since companies shifted to flexible contracts and unsociable hours. This then was increased with the economy collapse. Without even considering online earnings, this is clearly a trend that will unfortunately increase!

Shared, up and interesting.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on August 18, 2012:

Yeah, I think this is the new norm now, sadly. We've always watched our spending but it's still a challenge and we're in our 50's. I don't know how the younger generation today will ever get to retire? Maybe that's part of the new norm, just work until we can't anymore?

emilybee on August 18, 2012:

I hear ya, it's so tiresome though working full-time and having a few part time jobs, too, and I know plenty of people who do just that. I work full-time in retail and am so exhausted I probably wouldn't handle a part-time job too well. But I sure could use the money! I guess it is the norm, but in my world it isn't really. I'm surrounded my people who seem to always just have money, customers who have no cares in the world and can buy buy and buy....I need to find out what they do for a living ;)

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on August 18, 2012:

Very timely issue you are addressing. It is sad that we have to think working ourselves to death is the new way of life. But it is necessary. One job can pay enough to help you get by but sometimes the extra income is nice to save and to plan for the future. I'm hoping this would turn itself around but it's not looking like it's going to happen anytime soon. Great hub!

Natasha from Hawaii on August 18, 2012:

I don't know if it's normal for everyone, but it's normal for me! It has been normal for about 6 years. I've held there jobs a couple of times, too. That was very difficult! Two jobs seems easy, by comparison. Thanks for helping me realize I'm not alone.

MundaneMondays on August 18, 2012:

the economy to me is the man, it's so "normal" to see someone work 2 jobs sometimes 2 jobs with double shifts, can't blame em, i mean were still being offered the same jobs even with degrees, as well as some salary, i myself say go into business for yourself, even then the man will still come down on you, nice hub

moonlake from America on August 17, 2012:

My husband worked three jobs when our kids were growing up. That was in the 70's. Our son and daughter have always worked more than one job. It's just a way of life for us. When our kids were growing up and would get a job at McDonald's after school many of their friends would say there was no way they were working in a grease pit.

It's to bad so many people have to work that way but I guess if you want to survive that's what you have to do.

Voted Up.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 17, 2012:

I've nearly always had to work two jobs, even with a master's degree; largely because so many jobs are actually "subcontractor" work that ends up being more like piece-work in a factory -- By the end of a 50-hour week on just one of the jobs, you have earned about 30 hours Minimum Wage.

My main employer closed down in 2005 and I have been subcontracting and freelancing exclusively for 7 years at this date. Twice in that time, I worked for 6 months straight for 10 hours a day, 7 days per week in order to pay for basics needs, which are not expensive.

The end to working only one job began in the mid-1950s after McDonald's opened and that company, other fast food, and white collar companies began using all part-time and/or temporary help to avoid insurance coverage and some payroll expenses like Unemployment Insurance, Vacation Time, etc. It's been downhill for about 55 years now.

ElleBee on August 17, 2012:

I think this is becoming the new norm for many people. In addition to the economy's decline I think one of the huge contributors to this is the increase in higher education costs - you can be well educated and have a full-time professional level job, but that may just barely cover the bills, especially if you have high student loan debt to pay off! I think another factor is that during the more prosperous economy of previous decades people got used to living above their true means with the McMansion era and such, so now people have to work even harder to maintain their lifestyle or some semblance of it.

Tammy from North Carolina on August 17, 2012:

When I was a single parent of three teen bos years ago I had no choice other than work two jobs to keep my home. I had a desk job from 8 to 5 then I worked retail till 10 pm and weekends. My guys had to run the house. I felt like a machine, especially during the holidays. We did what we had to do, but I can't imagine how the elderly do this. So many people are hurting right now. This is a much needed hub!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 17, 2012:

Yes this is the new norm, Sadly people who have not felt the recession, can't imagine, how people who have lost their income feel, and think little or nothing of anyone but themselves.

Claudia Porter on August 17, 2012:

Sadly I think it is becoming the norm. Prices are going up and if you have a large family that extra paycheck may be the one to keep people afloat. On the other hand, one has to take into consideration family life vs. work life before taking a second job. Good thought provoking hub.

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