This report explores critical issues the gig economy poses for a population at a pivotal moment in their lives—young adults who have gone to college but are new to the workforce and have yet to develop many experiences or connections. Our findings suggest a reality where gig work plays an important role in the financial self-sufficiency of many well-educated, low-income young adults, but offers little opportunity for career advancement.
In a follow-up to our 2019 study of low-income young adult gig workers, JFF reconnected with study participants to explore how they had been affected by the pandemic-driven health and economic crises. We learned that most of them are anticipating delays in their ability to improve their opportunities for economic advancement.
Luis, Javan, and Justin turned their lives around with help from Opportunity Works. Learn how the national effort paved
pathways to postsecondary and career success for 2,000+ youth who had been out of school and out of work.