We know freelancers are special, and we won’t rest until everyone else does, too. Since its founding in 1995, Freelancers Union has fought for and won protections for independent workers. We help build safeguards, benefits, a voice, and solidarity for the changing workforce, to make freelancing fair.
It is time for freelancers to be acknowledged for the substantial contributions they provide to economies across the country. We’re certain that when data identifies our numbers, issues, and the economic activity we contribute to our communities, it will take us in the right direction.
Freelancing has continued to be an increasingly large sector of the workforce in the United States. The pandemic fueled a greater desire for flexibility and freedom when it comes to work, which led to “The Great Resignation” and then, ultimately, a massive rise in freelancing over the last few years.This report continues to be a leading analysis of the size and growth of independent professionals across the country, as well as an interesting look at their population in specific metro areas.View the Report
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.View the Results Deck