Part-time America

Posted by on Aug 05, 2013 at 7:45 am

New government figures show unemployment still stuck at well above 7 percent, another reminder of America’s economic paralysis. As worrisome, the number of “involuntary” part-time jobs continues to grow, which makes what happened at a 24/7 California call center, set up to answer questions about ObamaCare, particularly ironic.

The Contra Costa facility was seeking to fill as many as 204 full-time jobs. It drew some 7,000 applicants, no doubt because the prospects sounded good. Job-seekers envisioned fair wages and benefits — including, of course, health care.

No such luck. It turns out about half the jobs are only part-time. Which means the workers, some of whom gave up full-time jobs, have to pay the full cost of their health care themselves: between $600 and $1,200 a month for singles, and $1,400 and $2,900 a month for family plans. That’s a heavy burden when you’re making less than $20 an hour part-time, as they’ll be.

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