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The gig economy in the United States saw significant growth, with 24.57 million freelancers recorded by the end of August 2021. Florida led the states with the highest number of gig workers, followed closely by Texas and California. About 57% of temporary workers spent over 40 hours per week on contract jobs, earning 58% less than full-time employees without benefits. Blockchain and AI specialists were among the highest earners in the gig economy. The public sector employed up to 14% of freelancers, while approximately 170 companies in the U.S. hired gig workers. Notably, platforms like AnswerConnect and Toptal emerged as major players in the virtual workspace. Survey data revealed that 99% of remote workers intended to continue working remotely, while 64% preferred the freedom of working as free agents. Additionally, 86% of gig workers expressed concerns about security and health coverage, while over 50% stated they would not return to traditional 9-to-5 jobs. Demographically, women comprised 63% of the contract labor force, and Generation Z constituted the largest group of gig workers at 50%, followed by millennials at 44%. The gig economy was projected to continue expanding, with estimates suggesting it could reach 86.5 million workers by 2027, reflecting evolving attitudes toward flexible employment arrangements.

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Olivia Mitchell