A banker shearing sheep ?
Bloomberg News reports that during the week, Jesse Brown, 34, works as a personal banker at a Wells Fargo branch in Vienna, Virginia. On weekends, he sells coffee machines and occasionally goes to area farms to shear sheep.
'Around here the cost of living is pretty high', says Brown, who shares a townhouse near Washington D.C. in Annandale, Virginia, with as many as three housemates, and helps support his five-year-old daughter. He says he is 'trying to make ends meet and save for her as well'.
Americans such as Brown are holding multiple jobs to earn extra income in a still-erratic labor market, supplement wages that are essentially flat or seek to get paid for time they spend on hobbies or interests anyway.
About 4.9% of working U.S. adults have more than one job, with about half holding a full-time and a part-time position. The share of moonlighters has been steady since 2010, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, though down from 5.2% in 2008.
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