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Supplementary Employment

by David Victor

Whatever it is that some of us do, many of us have an occupation. From cleaning tables, washing dishes, and operating a register, to producing music, fixing cars, and caring for patients at a hospital. In the end we receive compensation for our labor. For some of us however, those earnings are still not enough. As stated in the Monthly Labor Review, the mean percentage for multiple-jobholding in the US is 4.9%, a rate that has persisted since 2010. It is also mentioned that 20 states are above this rate. Some get supplementary employment to sustain themselves, others do it as a means to get more money for expenses, and a few just to have some extra cash stored for when they want to use it for any leisure time.

“I have 2 jobs so I have to always, you know, count in on my time.”

You have just heard Antonio Rodriguez who works as a mechanic.

Even though he has supplementary employment, he isn’t someone who goes through any major economic struggles. Rather, he sees working in multiple occupations as a chance to increase his earnings.

“Opportunities come to you, you have to take them, you know, when they come to you. My second job it come like, it was an offer from someone and I take it because you never know, sometimes you know, you can use the money you know, to do spare things.”

With some extra money in his pocket, he could use it for things other than required resources that everyone must have. When asked what he would do with some additional income, this was his response.

“Probably save it for an emergency, you know, an emergency for in case that if something happens you never know, you have to bve prepared to have extra money.”

If some have to do supplementary employment, it means the cost of sustainability is over the wage that an occupation provides. There are some who can sustain themselves with just 1occupation and only apply for another just to get spare money. The last 2 responses from Antonio coincide with each other in the sense that he has a second occupation, to add an additional layer of financial security. More than just to stain themselves, some would just like some spare change in case of a financial dilemma.

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