The national employment and unemployment reports for February, due Friday, are expected to chart continued overall job growth.
But one sector likely to continue as a blot on the job market recovery is involuntary part-time work, especially in retail jobs.
According to a report published this week by the National Employment Law Project, retail workers make up 11 percent of working adults but 18 percent of adults who are getting part-time hours against their choice.
“The share of retail workers with involuntary part-time schedules is almost twice as large as the share of all employed workers,” the report said.
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Fewer hours and relatively low hourly wages make it difficult to “provide stable lives for their families,” the law project concluded.
The study, which excluded young teenagers, found that 9 percent of retail workers age 18 to 64 wanted full-time hours last year but could get only part-time work. In the workplace at large, 5 percent of all working adults were in the involuntary part-time category.
The involuntary part-timers either saw their hours cut after usually working full time or took part-time jobs because that’s all they could find.
The report looked at data covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 to conclude that involuntary part-time work is a particular problem for women, especially for women of color. Women make up 48 percent of adult retail workers but 58 percent of those who involuntarily worked part time.
African-American and Latino women make up 14 percent of adult retail workers but 21 percent of those involuntarily working part time, according to the analysis.