Jan 7, 2022 - Economy & Business

Latinos turn to gig jobs

Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

Latinos have turned in greater numbers than other groups to gig jobs, driving, delivering, or running errands and shopping for others, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

Why it matters: Workers in app-based jobs are at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19, while gig and delivery workers tend to get low pay and no benefits.

Details: Along with Black workers, Latinos were also more likely to have two or more types of gig jobs at a time, per the survey conducted in August.

  • Of non-white platform workers polled by Pew, 59% said they were concerned about getting coronavirus due to their jobs, compared to 38% of white non-Hispanic gig workers.
  • Most of the gig workers polled by Pew said that, overall, their experience with app-based work has been positive.

Yes, but: Of U.S. Latinos doing contract and gig work, 72% have said that they would much prefer a permanent job, the highest number among population groups polled by McKinsey in 2021.

  • These workers were also almost twice as likely to say they couldn't afford health insurance as gig workers.
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