‘Gig’ Jobs On The Rise In Phoenix

Within the Phoenix metro area, a growth has been seen of 21 percent between 2012 and 2014 in payroll jobs that are in ground transportation industries. The industry includes jobs such as taxis. A growth of more than 75 percent in gig jobs, such as Uber and Lyft, was seen in the region over that same time period.

The Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution shows numbers that reflect similar growth in the Valley in the traveler accommodation sector.

Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program, mentioned that the Phoenix metro area is showing signs of being an early adopter of gig-type jobs. He reports that his numbers indicate that the Valley’s growth in gig jobs is outpacing the national average.

San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Uber along with Lyft are having great success in many cities across the United States and are constantly expanding to more cities. These companies are booming and also bringing new jobs to the cities, in turn helping to build economies.

It is estimated that Uber drivers operating in Phoenix make approximately $45,920 per year and that the average trip yields around $14. Central and northeast Mesa, south Gilbert, and northwest Chandler are said to be some of the hottest areas where Uber drivers have the potential to earn the most money, depending on the days.

Individuals looking to step into the gig job market will find Phoenix a very desirable place to be. 


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