Wednesday, June 1, 2011

State of Working Colorado: Part-time work by demographic group – Disparities in full employment

Part-time work in Colorado varies noticeably among demographic groups. As a general rule, a higher share of involuntary part-time workers indicates greater vulnerability in the work force, since it suggests workers are unable to work on their preferred terms.

In Colorado, more women than men work part time, but a greater share of men working part time do so involuntarily. Similarly, roughly the same share of white and Hispanic workers work part time, but a larger share of Hispanics works part time involuntarily. The share of involuntary and voluntary part-time workers decreases with workers’ education, leaving the least educated with the highest overall part time and involuntary part-time shares.
For more insights, including detailed policy recommendations for enhancing economic security for all Coloradans, check out the State of Working Colorado 2010.

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