More than two-thirds of the freelance jobs listed by employers are for people who do freelance work on their own time, rather than as part of a bigger company’s payroll, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis also reported the number of freelance jobs fell 4.5 percent to 2.6 million in 2016.
Those positions accounted for roughly one-third of the total workforce in the United States.
The Census Bureau reports that of the 2.7 million jobs listed in its annual report for the calendar year that ended June 30, 1.7 percent were for people in full-time employment and 8.5 million were for part-time jobs.
That’s up from 1.8 percent and 6.6 percent in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
That’s more than double the 5.3 percent and 4.6 share of jobs for full-timers in 2015.
The data also shows that fewer people were in full time jobs than in 2015 and 2016, which is due in part to the recession.
Freelancers who work in their own free time earn less than those who work for a large company.
For example, those working for a company that pays a higher hourly rate than their employer earn $11.70 an hour in 2016, compared to $9.50 an hour for those working at a smaller company that doesn’t pay a higher rate.
The median hourly wage for all full- and part-timing workers was $11 per hour in 2015, while the median hourly rate for those who worked for smaller companies was $6.77, the Bureau of Industry and Security reported.
People who work freelance jobs for companies that pay them less than their hourly rate also work at a lower rate.
For every $1 earned by a full- or part-timer who works freelance for a small or midsize company, a worker earning the same hourly rate earns $0.68, the BIS reported.
In general, people who work as freelancers earn more money than people who don’t work as freelance workers, the bureau found.
That means that people who earn less are likely to work for more employers.
The bureau also found that freelance jobs have become more common among older workers, as younger workers have entered the workforce and more young people are entering the workforce.
People age 55 and older, for example, account for one-fifth of all full time freelance jobs in 2016 with a median hourly pay of $11 an hour, according the bureau.
People age 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 are the largest age group in the U, the report found.