That man or woman on the way home from work may actually be on the way to work. Confused? Millions of people in countries around the world are working two jobs in order to make ends meet. In many households, one wage earner is either unemployed or underemployed but the bills keep coming.
Thatís why you will spot people like Derex Rutledge putting on his department store printed t shirt after he gets off work from his day job at a hospital. Rutledge works 9 to 9 every day and is grateful to have the 2 jobs because his wife lost hers in real estate. Itís a story that plays out over and over again as people try to keep things going. In the U.S. alone it is estimated that 6.5 million people are working 2 jobs and make up 4.7 percent of the workforce.
Another telling statistic is that one out of twelve people over the age of 65 in the UK are working in order to make ends meet. With 823,000 pensioners working you are likely to meet one of them wearing retail logo bearing printed t-shirts working in many of the businesses around the country.
There is a segment of the workforce in that are attempting to stay even or even get ahead even after the official end of the recession by taking on a second job or a job that provides supplement income. Though the willingness to work extra hours is laudable, the work schedules also create stress in lives and families. Itís hard to fit in time with family when you are gone over 12 to 16 hours a day or work 6 and 7 days a week. Some workers have to work late into the night too making it even more difficult to see the kids. And these people never have any spare time or time to themselves.
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