Freelancing in America

A comprehensive study of the freelance workforce

57 million Americans freelanced this year

This study, conducted as a partnership between Freelancers Union and Upwork, reveals that 57 million Americans, representing 35% of the workforce, freelanced this year. This workforce contributes nearly $1 trillion dollars to the economy — that's 5% of GDP. It explores why 60% of freelancers say they choose to work for themselves, despite challenges such as affordable healthcare, savings, retirement planning, and fair payment.

Key findings

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