Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty : Planet Money Part-time workers make less per hour than full-time workers do. That has big implications for women and mothers.
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Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty

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Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty

Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty

Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics — the source of our beloved Jobs Report — counts part-time workers as people who work fewer than 35 hours. Some people work part-time if they're having trouble finding full-time work, but other part-time workers prefer jobs with more flexibility in their working hours.

When an occupation pays less money per hour to its part-time workers than to its full-time ones, it's known as the part-time penalty. That penalty tends to be higher when occupations have less flexible hours.

Here's the catch: the jobs that tend to be more flexible — and ones that many women and mothers gravitate towards — pay less.

Today on The Indicator, our friend Martha Gimbel from the Indeed Hiring Lab shares a recent analysis of part-time workers.

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