Part-time Jobs the Looming Question in Economic Recovery

August 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

The economy is recovering and adding jobs, but what kind of jobs are they? We visited Dépanneur, a small, gourmet grocery and deli in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where staff has grown from two to 16 over the past three years.

“We’re so lucky to have opened in this area,” said co-owner Nichelina Mavros. “I mean Williamsburg it’s just crazy the amount of condos going up, you can probably hear the construction in the background.”

Five of Mavros’ employees are full-time, the rest work anywhere from 0ne to four shifts per week. “It’s New york and everyone’s got something going on. It’s hard to actually find full-time people,” she said.

While many of Mavros’ employees work part-time by choice, that’s not the case for everyone. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto said that the hope for many workers is that the part-time positions lead eventually to full-time ones. She also noted that it’s still too early to determine what the impact of the proliferation of part-time positions will mean for the economy.

“I think that’s the looming question right now. I do think that we have been creating part time jobs longer coming out of this recession than many economists I talk to have hoped, but the question, you know, are we just recovering a little bit more slowly or is this a shift in the New York City economy?” she said.  “I think it’s too early to tell but there’s some indication at least that there’s been a bit of a shift in the economy.”

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