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6% of adults aged 50+ earned money using digital platforms to take on “gig” work


8% of U.S. adults earned money in the last year by using digital platforms to take on a job or task*, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey. Among older adults, 4% of those aged 50-65 and 2% of those aged 65+ earned money in this manner. In comparison, among younger adults, 16% of those aged 18-29 and 10% of those aged 30-49 earned money by using digital work or task platforms. (p. 1)
*includes online tasks such as IT work, taking surveys or doing data entry, driving for ride-hailing services, shopping or delivery tasks, cleaning or laundry tasks, or other tasks that fall outside of these four general groupings.
        Smith, A. (2016). The gig economy: Work, online selling and home sharing. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. Retrieved from this source.
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