55,000 New U.S. Freelance Jobs Posted In October.e_darrellj | Nov 18, 2013
The online freelance movement continues to build momentum, as our October 2013 U.S. Employment Report shows that a whopping 55,000 new U.S. freelance jobs were created last month. That’s a 30% growth from the same period last year, and a clear sign that workplaces are increasingly turning to online talent for the skills they need.
The report also highlights that 24,000 new U.S. based freelancers entered the Elance marketplace in October, which means even more top candidates are realizing the career advantages of online work. And no wonder, as U.S. freelancers earned $7.3 million on Elance in October (up 63% from last October).
Our monthly report provides an important (and too-often overlooked) component of the true picture of the overall health of the U.S. job market. As a recent NPR article addresses, the U.S. Labor Department’s
Bureau of Labor Statistics report fails to take into account the multitude of freelancers now working from coast to coast. In the words of the NPR article, the most-recent government employment report has some “head scratching” results.
To give you a clearer picture of how employment is really stacking up in American, we’ll continue to provide our reports each and every month on the status of freelancers. We hope you find the information useful and enlightening, as you browse the data gleamed from Elance’s U.S. employment report. For more details – from breakdowns by state and more – see our Press Release. Also check out a summery below: