Survey: pandemic driving influx of young, highly-skilled, first time freelancers

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Upwork has released the results of “Freelance Forward: 2020”, the most comprehensive study of the U.S. independent workforce, which found that a significant number of Americans freelanced during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing $1.2 trillion to the economy.

The increase was fueled in part by an influx of younger, highly-skilled professionals seeking flexible alternatives to traditional employment. They surveyed more than 6,000 U.S. workers over the age of 18 and found that 59 million Americans performed freelance work in the past 12 months, representing 36% of the U.S. workforce, an increase of 2 million freelancers since 2019.

Key findings reveal:

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