With the U.S. workplace dealing with "profound change," the government is working to develop better measurements to quantify the gig economy. Wall Street Journal staffer Melanie Trottman reports on the Bureau of Labor Statistics teaming up with the Census Bureau to survey the scope of "contingent worker" arrangements.

One of the goals of this partnership is to figure out how to classify jobs in the gig economy:

The agencies will gather new information on the gig economy as part of the Current Population Survey of May 2017. The BLS will work with the Census Bureau to revive what’s known as the Contingent Workers Supplement to that survey. It will cover contingent workers—which the BLS defines as those who don’t have an implicit or explicit contract for ongoing employment—and alternative employment arrangements...

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