Part-time work spiked during the recent recession and has stayed stubbornly high, raising concerns that elevated part-time employment represents a "new normal" in the labor market. However, San Francisco Fed research economists Rob Valletta and Leila Bengali note that recent movements and current levels of part-time work are largely within historical norms, despite increases for selected demographic groups, such as prime-age workers with a high-school degree or less.

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