Although most people work in full-time jobs, around 21% of employed Oregonians usually worked part-time schedules in 2017.

People work part time for a variety of reasons. Part-time jobs offer flexibility for some who seek a job that fits their circumstances, such as students, those looking for additional income from seasonal work, or a spouse in a household with young children. Such groups are generally considered the “voluntary part-time employed.”

There are also “involuntary part-time employed.” These are people working part-time schedules since they can’t find full-time employment or have had their hours cut at work from a usual full-time schedule down to a part-time schedule because of economic conditions, such as slack work, unfavorable business conditions, or a slow economy.

The Oregon Employment Department published a short analysis of the characteristics and trends of Oregon’s part time workers.

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