Long commutes or internal migration for flexible workers?
- Flexible workers are mobile, and a significant share of them cross state lines to work
- Major metropolitan areas in the Northeast have started to recoup flexible workers
- Rising pay against a backdrop of high inflation may be motivating the trend
Monthly Labor Market Report - October 2022
Every day, the Instawork platform handles thousands of transactions involving businesses and hourly professionals, generating a huge amount of data on hourly pay as well as other aspects of the labor market. This report summarizes some of the major trends in demographics, roles, and worker constraints in regions across the United States.
How to use flexible work in Nashville this festive season
Tennessee legend Dolly Parton famously sang about “workin’ 9 to 5” and the daily grind of trying to make a living and “barely gettin’ by.”
And Dolly wasn’t even dealing with inflation, insane housing prices, or the sky high cost of holiday festivities!
Has the music stopped in Nashville's job market?
The Nashville metropolitan area currently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Job growth is strong at both ends of the value chain, in raw materials and professional industries. Logistics and related trades have also been expanding. But the sector that Nashville has relied on for decades to make its name – leisure and hospitality – may be starting to fade from the limelight.
5 ways to earn extra money during the holidays
‘Tis the season for breaking the bank! We’ve all seen how expensive things are recently and these increased costs heading into the holidays can create a lot of stress. You may be trying to figure out how you’re going to pay for it all - hosting Thanksgiving dinner, visiting Grandma to exchange gifts, or taking that much needed end-of-year vacation.
These are the hottest shifts for flexible work during the holidays
- Shifts in customer-facing hospitality roles filled up exceptionally quickly during the holiday season last year
- Hourly pay rates actually fell for many of the same roles, again suggesting they were easy to fill
- Shifts in other roles were harder to fill during the holidays, and pay rates rose for many of them
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How to earn more this holiday season in Kansas City
The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. It’s when you cozy up by a fireplace with a glass of chilled eggnog. Hop on a plane to see family in other parts of the country. Exchange heartfelt gifts with the ones you love to show them how much you care.
How Kansas City's labor market took a surprising turn
The Kansas City metropolitan area has been one of the strongest labor markets in the country for more than a decade. So it was puzzling when the unemployment rate started to rise in early 2021 while the nation as a whole saw joblessness fall. What happened next was the sort of experiment economists dream about.