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Steve LeVine May 16, 2017
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Only people who earn more than $150k prioritize doing important work

Ross D. Franklin / AP

In a swipe at the much-ballyhooed "gig economy," Americans say they care less about how much they earn than that their salary is predictable. And, while they want to enjoy what they do, Americans mostly aren't fixated on their job's importance, per a new study by Bloomberg and New America, a Washington-based think tank.

One quick thing: Uncertainty was a thread running through focus groups held as part of the study. "There was a palpable feeling of hopelessness throughout all our focus groups — and especially a lack of control over schedule," the study said.

Why it matters: Americans are not fretting over the largest long-term threats of the dual age of automation and Amazonization, which are wiping out manufacturing and retail employment. Instead, most worry about earning a predictable income — something that is unlikely if they are making ends meet by working at more than one job.