Workers in Alternative Arrangements


  • Data is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Alternative employment is defined as those who work via contract, on-call, or through some kind of agency (such as those which connect temporary employees with employers).
  • Despite the massive potential for decentralization afforded by modern means of connectivity, overall the rate of alternative employment has remained mostly unchanged since 1995.
  • Remote workers who file Form W-2 tax instead of Form 1099 are not considered independent contractors.
  • BLS has not released information for this statistic since 2005.
  • Alternative workers have decreased as a portion of the whole since 2005.


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Percent of Total Employed

Combined Percent of Total Employed

Syntax Features

  • for loop to add lagged series.
list offsets = 0 year, 12 year, 18 year, 20 year, 22 year

for offset in offsets

   time-offset = @{offset}

  • time-offset to track each series at five independent points in time.
 time-offset = 12 year
  • format setting to include % sign in values and axes.
format = percent
  type = chart
  mode = column-stack