AS most Americans enjoy a day off from work, this Labor Day finds more Americans working part-time than ever before and those employed full-time worried about losing their jobs.
The recession technically ended in June 2009, but the United States still has not recovered.
The recession had cost the nation 8.7 million jobs.
Through June, the nation had recovered only 6.6 million jobs, making this the slowest recovery since the Great Depression.
The jobs gained are not as good as the ones lost.
"Twenty one percent of the jobs lost during the Great Recession were low wage, meaning they paid $13.83 an hour or less," wrote Barbara Garson for the liberal Nation magazine.
"But 58 percent of the jobs regained fall into that category."
As the recovery continues on its slow and unsteady pace, the increase in part-time jobs is escalating.
"Sixty-five percent of the jobs added to the economy in July 2013 were part-time," Garson wrote. "The average hourly wage fell slightly."
Indeed, today the nation has only 116.1 million full-time workers and a record 28.2 million parttimers.
U.S. worker pay and median income have actually dropped since the recession ended four years ago. In July, the average pay dropped another two cents to $23.98 per hour.
The average workweek also fell another one-tenth of an hour to 34.4 hours per week.
One major reason for the rise in part-time work is the Affordable Care Act. Employers must either pay a fine or provide health insurance to workers who put in 30 hours a week or more.