Furloughed workers turn to odd jobs, gig economy

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WASHINGTON — When the nation’s capital was hit by almost a foot of snow this past weekend, Nick Elger saw a chance to make a buck with the gig economy. Elger, 28, usually spends his days working for the Environmental Protection Agency, but he’s one of nearly 400,000 furloughed employees out of work during what’s become America’s longest government shutdown. “I’ve been getting stir crazy just sitting at home,” Elger said. “So I figured in the first few weeks I would just post some things on Craigslist.” Elger’s offer: $20 an hour for snow removal, a reasonable rate considering he has more than 20 years of experience at it growing up on a ranch in Wisconsin. But with few responses, he’s readying for other gig economy options […]

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