Freelancers are a powerful and growing force of the U.S. economy. And they are also an important voting bloc in a contentious presidential election.
In 2016, there are 55 million American freelancers, representing 35 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to a new report commissioned by Upwork and Freelancers Union and conducted by independent research firm Edelman Intelligence.
Freelancers earned $1 trillion between August 2015 and August 2016, according to the report, which was released on Thursday.
This group of proactive go-getters is not just important for the economy, it's also important for the next president.