Employers Are Shifting to Temps

Uncertainties about future tax and health care costs could be inhibiting permanent job growth, shifting more of labor force to temporary and part-time employment:

Overall, since 2007 there has been a net loss of 9.8 million full-time jobs, but a gain of 2.3 million part time jobs.

The increase in part-time employment is not entirely voluntary. About 31 percent of current part-time workers prefer full-time jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from April 2006 to August 2011, the number of part-time workers seeking full-time employment increased from 3.6 million to nearly 8 million.

See more on the trend in temporary employment.

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  1. Brian Williams. says:

    This doesn’t bode well for economic recovery.

  2. Devon Herrick says:

    With all the uncertainty in the economy, it is easy to understand how firms are reluctant to hire permanent employees.

  3. Carolyn Needham says:

    This is also hitting the youth pretty hard. I have many friends who are recent college graduates and for at least a year were doing temp work — many not even full time.

  4. Ken says:

    Understndable. Obama Care is making regular employment too expensive.