U.S. unemployment numbers only begin to describe how U.S. workers have suffered in this recession. The Pew Research Center has some additional data on this experience.
Twenty-six percent of full-time workers who became re-employed currently only work part-time. Thirteen percent moved from part-time to full time work. So, among the employed, there are 13 percent fewer full-time workers.
Americans who lost their jobs and became re-employed during this recession say that they’re making about the same, that the benefits are about equal, and many like their new job better:
Still, the re-employed are more likely than the still-employed to say that they are overqualified for their current job:
People that moved from full- to part-time work are significantly less likely to be satisfied with their new position:
Forty-seven percent of part-time workers would like a full-time job:
The term “underemployed” refers to this 47 percent of the population. Men, young people, the less educated, lower income, and non-whites are more likely to be underemployed:Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.