The work performed by non-employer establishments in the Washington region mirrored that of employer establishments in 2015. The distribution of establishments, the value to the worker/owner and the relative concentration was similar for both non-employer and employer establishments. The key differences were the result of sub-sector concentrations that reflect both traditional gig economy work, real estate brokers, and the rise of the new, tech-enabled gig economy worker, especially Uber/Lyft drivers.
The US has also experienced significant growth in non-employer establishments, from 15 million in 1997 to over 24 million in 2015. Still, the Washington region outpaced US growth and that of most of the other large metropolitan areas. Of the 15 largest metros, the Washington region had the sixth largest increase in non-employer establishments between 1997 and 2015.
Work in today’s economy is conducted in many different ways. It increasingly does not involve a wage or salary job, a single boss, or employment with a company. Non-employer establishment statistics are one supplemental source that gives us some more insight into this phenomenon in the Washington region. These data suggest that the gig economy, self-employed and freelance workers, and independent contractors play a sizable role in the Washington regional economy.
Between January and September 2017, a total of 19,015 new home permits were issued in the Washington region, 1.3 percent (245 permits) fewer than in the same period in 2016
Download as a PDF>> Between September 2016 and September 2017, the Washington region added 44,500 jobs, marking the second slowdown in job growth so far in 2017. Monthly over-the-year job gains tend to follow a similar trajectory throughout the year. In 2015, monthly over-the-year gains accelerated before slowing in 2016. Gains in 2017 have not…