December 18, 2005


To feed a lifestyle, some are taking second jobs: More in middle class finding seasonal work (Jenn Abelson, December 18, 2005, Boston Globe)

Kevin Kipler spends his days managing corporate flights and military jets at Bangor International Airport. At night, the 41-year-old father listens to gift orders in a cubicle at L.L. Bean, where he recently took on a seasonal job as a quality control coach.

Sometimes, during his 15-hour days, he forgets which job he's at, mistakenly calling people passengers instead of customers.

''It's a lot of work. You sacrifice a lot," Kipler said. ''But you have to look at the bottom line. I've got a mortgage to pay and other bills. My kids are young, and I'm used to buying them a certain amount of gifts. I don't want to scale back."

Given the choice between cutting back or living well, a growing number of people are choosing to take on a second job. The number of Americans with full-time jobs taking on part-time work during the holiday season jumped nearly 9 percent to 12.2 million people over the past three years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Europeans have unemployment as high as 10% while we can all find second jobs and not a few are willing to work them to improve their own economic standing. We just aren't anything like them anymore.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 18, 2005 8:18 AM

We also are better at finding jobs in the underground economy.

I would expand on this but i won't.....

Posted by: David at December 18, 2005 8:37 AM

Such different worlds. I'm desperately trying to cut back on my working hours to get more family time and because the kids would probably turn out better if they got fewer toys (they could get by for years on what they've already got).

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at December 19, 2005 12:10 AM

I was talking to a fellow at work who gets about 3 hours of sleep a night between his two jobs.

Good news: His other job is entrepreneurial in nature and involves running his own business.

Bad news: His business is an adult website.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 19, 2005 1:27 AM

A father working 15 hour days to afford presents for his children? It's like something out of Dickens.

Posted by: HT at December 19, 2005 2:12 AM