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Utahns who work multiple jobs at the same time

Insights on multiple jobholders' earnings,
industries and trends over time

6% of Utahns in the workforce have more than one job, and the majority receive up to $15,000 in additional earnings.

Research Report by George Rao & Mark Knold
Data Narrative by Britnee Johnston
Published November 2021

This report provides insight on Utahns who work multiple jobs at the same time, known as multiple jobholders. Approximately 6% of Utah's labor force engages in multiple jobholding, which has held a steady rate for the last 20 years.

Employees in the health care and education industries are the most frequent workers who will seek a second job. The most popular industries where workers find a second job are health care, the leisure and hospitality industries, retail trade, and education.

It is not low-range wage earners who most prevalently engage in a second job but instead is mid-range wage earners. Earnings from a second job contribute an average of 22% to a multiple jobholder's total wages. Keep scrolling to learn more and explore the data below.

Explore the industries, earnings and trends of multiple jobholders.

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Industries of Multiple Jobholders

  • Primary jobholders from health care (17%) and education (17%) are the most common groups who worked multiple jobs in 2020. This is followed by retail trade (9%), leisure and hospitality (9%), and public administration (8%).
  • Industries that provide the most secondary jobs are health care (17%), leisure and hospitality (16%), retail trade (14%), and education (14%).
  • Professional services had the most multiple jobholding growth (113%) from its workers from 2002 to 2020. It also grew by 97% as a target for being a second job.

Earnings of Multiple Jobholders

Trends Over Time of Multiple Jobholders

View additional in-depth topics in the report, including:

1:  Industries with the highest growth of multiple job holding

2:  Share of multiple job holding in relation to Utah's labor force

3:  The proportion of total wages by time and wage percentile

4:  Patterns of primary and secondary wages for multiple jobholders

Future of Multiple Jobholders in Utah

Although the multiple jobholding rate has held steady for two decades, Utah is starting to see it trend downward. This may be a result of shifting away from payroll employment and toward contract employment with the rise of gig work such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Airbnb Hosts. Those earnings would not show in payroll records.

In addition, with the rise of remote working, Utahns may have jobs outside of the state, which would not be captured in the data. Further research into contract employment and remote work would provide additional understanding behind Utah's multiple jobholders and their role in the state's labor force.

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