Americans Are More Vulnerable Than Ever, And The Gig Economy Isn’t Helping

As Americans carry greater risk, the gig economy is both a symptom and a cause of America’s fraying social contract.

Kristy Milland had always pulled together odd jobs to help her family survive. She’d been an early adopter of new ways to earn money online. She ran an eBay store, and, before social media took over, a website where strangers chatted about reality TV. “I’m one of the first people who could be considered a digital native,” she told me. “I would constantly search for new income streams.”

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