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Question: I am interested in the concept of MOONLIGHTING. Are there sources that reveal the number of persons in the U.S. who work multiple jobs and why they do it?
Answer: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) periodically publishes information on this topic. The following publications currently speak to this issue:
The most current information is found on the
Current Population Survey (CPS) page.
- See Table 36 from Employment and Earnings for Annual Average Household Data
- and Table A-39 Monthly Household Data
The links from above will ultimately take you to the following two sets of tables --
- Multiple jobholders by selected demographic and economic characteristics [annual current information] or ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/lf/aat36.txt
- Multiple jobholders by selected demographic and economic characteristics [monthly current information] or ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/suppl/empsit.cpseea39.txt
- Moonlighting across the U.S., Monthly Labor Review: The Editor's Desk, January 23, 2003
- Mutiple jobholding in 2006, Monthly Labor Review: The Editor's Desk, October 30, 2007
- Multiple jobholders in 2002, Monthly Labor Review: The Editor's Desk, January 21, 2004
- When one job is not enough, Issues in Labor Statistics, Summary 00-15, August 2000
- Reasons for working multiple jobs, Monthly Labor Review, October 2000