1 in 5 gig drivers got unemployment benefits at pandemic peak

About 19% of drivers for online ride-hailing and food-delivery platforms were collecting jobless aid in July 2020, more than other groups, according to a report.

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Carol Alexander core team
3 months ago

executive assistant @ Platform Venture Studio

Rilwan, thanks so much for sharing this information. As a society, we need to educate ourselves, i.e. open our eyes and minds, to really see these gig workers, part timers, and freelancers and their needs. Maybe there is a tendency to think this is a side hustle or 'extra money' when in reality for many of them, it is the main hustle and the 'only money' they earn. And I need to remind myself, the best we have done for gig workers happened because our nation was going through the worst pandemic since the Spanish flu of 1918. And according to the article, this 'best' effort ended on Labor Day. That's some irony at play. Keep pulling back the curtain on this issue of benefits for gig workers!

Jeremy Burton core team
3 months ago

CEO / Founder @ Platform

Very interesting. What strikes me is the unpredictability of the safety nets.