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More than 8–1/2 million workers held two or more jobs in May 1997. Four out of every ten did so to meet regular household expenses or to pay off debts. Other common reasons for working more than one job included enjoying the work on the second job (14.5 percent), wanting to save for the future (8.7 percent), wanting to get experience or build up a business (7.7 percent), and wanting some extra money to buy something special (7.9 percent). These results were quite similar to those that were obtained in May 1991, the last time that data on the reasons for working more than one job were collected.


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Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2000). When one job is not enough. Issues in Labor Statistics (Summary 00–15). Washington, DC: Author.