The most romantic metro areas, according to data on flexible work

The most romantic metro areas, according to data on flexible work

Key takeaways

  • Los Angeles had the biggest spike in demand for flexible work during the Valentine's Day period, making in the nation's most romantic metro area; New York was the least romantic.
  • Demand for flexible work rose among restaurants and caterers but was especially high at venues.
  • Hourly pay also rose at caterers and venues, with a peak around 20% above the monthly average.
Monthly Labor Market Report - January 2023

Monthly Labor Market Report - January 2023

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.

Some sectors may have already had a mini-recession

Some sectors may have already had a mini-recession

Key takeaways

  • Higher interest rates and shifting spending pushed some sectors of the economy into recession territory last year.
  • Employment via temporary help services, which usually falls before a recession, has also dipped.
  • But flexible workers are actually working more hours per month, on average, suggesting a tighter connection with employers.
ECI Release Briefing: Indexed Business Costs to February 2023

ECI Release Briefing: Indexed Business Costs to February 2023

Transactions on the Instawork platform track the pay of hourly workers and the total cost of their shifts to local businesses. This briefing includes indexed cost trends for various roles in regions across the United States and Canada. 

Does a rising economic tide in Florida lift all boats?

Does a rising economic tide in Florida lift all boats?

Key takeaways

  • Florida's economy has been flourishing, driven in large part by a surge in population.
  • Despite low unemployment rates, workers' buying power has barely kept up with inflation.
  • The Tampa and Jacksonville areas are making some of the biggest gains in jobs associated with new residents.
Shifts for flexible work are filling in a flash

Shifts for flexible work are filling in a flash

Key takeaways

  • Our State of the Flexible Workforce report showed that shifts in most roles filled, on average, in less than 24 hours.
  • In the past 60 days, these average times to fill shifts fell below 10 hours.
  • A huge expansion in the supply of flexible labor, as well as increasing business expertise in using it, are likely explanations.
Growth means more jobs and lower spending power in San Antonio

Growth means more jobs and lower spending power in San Antonio

Key takeaways

  • The San Antonio metro area has been one of the fastest-growing in the United States, thanks in part to a burgeoning technology sector.
  • Job growth in the area has been especially strong in education and health care.
  • The spending power of workers' hourly earnings has ebbed and flowed along with changes in the size of the labor force, and it's currently on the downslope.
Monthly Labor Market Report - December 2022

Monthly Labor Market Report - December 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.

Closing the book on labor markets in 2022 and looking ahead to 2023

Closing the book on labor markets in 2022 and looking ahead to 2023

Key takeaways

  • Data from our platform and government sources suggest diverging paths for labor markets in metropolitan areas across the country.
  • Factors related to the pandemic will probably wane in 2023 as labor markets and spending patterns stabilize.
  • Continuing uncertainty about the economy will make flexible work a crucial tool for fine-tuning labor supply to meet demand for goods and services.
3 ways flexible work equips workers to survive recessions

3 ways flexible work equips workers to survive recessions

Key takeaways

  • Flexible work provides a budgetary cushion for people who lose jobs and even for full-time workers who need extra money.
  • People who do flexible work can gain new skills by trying out different roles.
  • Flexible workers also expand their networks and counteract the economic cycle by working in different industries.

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