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COVID-19 highlights the stark difference between skilled freelancers and gig workers, but both need protections

24 Jul 2020

A VP at freelance work marketplace Fiverr says that as the workforce continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear skilled freelancers are well positioned to thrive as long as the government lets them.

Over 48 million people have applied for unemployment compensation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the unemployment rate in the United States is 11.1%. Though the newest numbers aren’t quite as bad as what economists predicted for July, nearly half of the U.S. population remains without a job. At this point, it feels like a lifetime ago that we celebrated a new year with a booming economy and an unemployment rate at a low of 3.6%.

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