Freelancing in New York City

The first comprehensive study of NYC's freelance workforce

One in three New York City workers is freelancing

This study, conducted as a partnership between Freelancers Union, The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and Upwork, reveals that one in three New Yorkers is freelancing — including 61% of workers in media and entertainment — and that this workforce contributes more than $31.4 billion annually to the city’s economy. It delves into why people choose to freelance, what challenges they face, and their needs when it comes to skills training.

Key findings

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