The gig economy may be under threat from the state Legislature, but for now San Diego ranks as the fourth best city in the United States for gig workers.
Gigworker, a website providing news and information for the growing U.S. gig economy, cited San Diego for its military contracting sector and thriving tech ecosystem.
“San Diego is a great city to be a gig worker…With a substantial U.S. military presence, there are opportunities for all kinds of interesting gigs outside of the mainstream,” according to Gigworker. “And even if that’s not your thing, the city also has a thriving tech scene, which means lots of other potential gigs for you to work.”
Gigworker added that San Diego is “a laid-back place to drive for Uber while taking in views of the ocean or deliver packages for Amazon Flex while admiring Spanish colonial architecture.”
Denver ranked first on the list, followed by Portland and Seattle. Gigworker said cities that made the list all had “a healthy gig economy presence” along with “decent-sized entrepreneurial and tech communities, which means more opportunities for finding consulting and freelance gigs.”
The ranking comes just days after passage of Assembly Bill 5, which would require most independent contractors in California to become shift employees in their industries, affecting the status of everyone from Lyft drivers to truck owner-operators and software developers. Specific industry groups from hair stylists to real estate agents have lobbied to carve out exemptions.
The bill, authored by Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, passed passed 53-11 on Wednesday and now heads to the state Senate.
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