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Largest independent workforce survey — commissioned by Upwork and Freelancers Union — reveals new insights into freelancing in America

Key findings: Freelancers earned an estimated $1 trillion this year, are a highly motivated voter bloc eager to support 2016 candidates who speak to their issues     

NEW YORK and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – October 6, 2016 – Upwork in partnership with Freelancers Union today released the results of “Freelancing in America: 2016,” the most comprehensive measure of the U.S. independent workforce. The study analyzes the size of the freelance economy and provides insights into the lives of independent workers and their potential impact on the 2016 Presidential Election. The third annual year of the study is a landmark year since trend data is now available.

Added October 11, 2019