Gabriel Thompson

Gabriel Thompson is an independent journalist who has written for publications that include The New York Times, Harper's, New York, Slate, and The Nation. His most recent book is Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture.

Recent Articles

What We Talk About When We Talk About the Gig Economy

Researchers confront unanswered questions when trying to understand the “sharing economy,” from the size of the gig workforce to the financial situation of workers.

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(AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. “ I have a nostalgia for the golden age of Craigslist,” says Morgan Jones between sips at a coffee shop on Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue. Jones, who is tall and thin with a bushy goatee, lets out a faint sigh. For the 51-year-old, the golden age occurred from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s, when someone like him—smart, but without a college degree—could land a decent job through the listings website. “I would show up to interviews willing to work hard, and I’d get hired,” he tells me. Jones returned to his native Bay Area in 1999, after a decade in the Midwest. He found work at an architectural journal, which led to a communications position at a design firm and a salary in the mid-60Ks. Then came the financial crisis of 2008. The company laid off most of its communication staff; Jones was let...