8/26/2013 – Full Time, Part Time, Good Jobs, Bad (NY Times)

The term “part-time jobs” is beginning to make Americans anxious. Many workers currently in such jobs would strongly prefer — and in many cases desperately need — more hours of employment to pay their bills. Policy makers worried about implementation of the Affordable Care Act point to features that could make part-time employment more attractive for both employers and workers.

The anxiety is somewhat misdirected. While full-time jobs generally pay better, offer more benefits, and promise more room for advancement than part-time jobs, the quality of a job is not necessarily determined by the average weekly hours put into it.

Read the full article at the New York Times.

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