2 million more Americans joined the ranks of freelancers in the last 12 months, according to a new study from Upwork. The pandemic caused a pause for some.
Some 59 million Americans performed freelance work in the past 12 months, representing 36% of the U.S. workforce—an increase of 2 million freelancers since 2019, according to a new study by Upwork.
This increase was fueled in part by an influx of younger, highly skilled professionals seeking flexible alternatives to traditional employment, the “Freelance Forward: 2020” study of the US independent workforce found.
Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, freelancers