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A Nation of Part Timers

9:29 AM, Jul 29, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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In the fifth year of "recovery," the rule seems to be that the only jobs that are available (to those who are still looking) are not full-time positions. According to a recent Gallup poll:

Fewer Americans aged 18 to 29 worked full time for an employer in June 2013 (43.6%) than did so in June 2012 (47.0%) ...  

A job that requires less than 30 hours a week of work does not, under the provisions of Obamacare, require that the employer provide health care insurance.  

Could there be some connection?

Also, it seems that the young take the hardest hit in this trend toward part-time work and that:

... the availability of full-time jobs has barely been able to keep up with overall population growth. This has had a disproportionately negative impact on millions of younger Americans who are unable to get full-time work. Further, the resulting lack of experience among younger Americans as a group may be changing the composition of the workforce, as older, more experienced workers make up a higher percentage of those holding full-time jobs.

But with the individual mandate still in place, young, healthy people can buy health care insurance on the exchanges, guaranteeing that there will be money to pay for the health care of their elders and helping to bail out Detroit in the bargain.

What a deal.

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