Can Gig Work Help Workforce Recovery? A Pilot Review (Part 1)

Greg Ferenstein
Jun 30, 2020 · 5 min read

Summary: This post reviews data from a pilot program that taught people how to use freelance work to increase their monthly earnings. In month 6 after training, the median graduate had earned $2,375 in extra income. By month 9, gig work was about 20% of their total income. The initial success of the program is a proof-of-concept for how cities can use job training to avoid the more concerning aspects of the “gig economy” while also aiding in regional workforce recovery from COVID-19. This post is part of a series on the Future of Work from