While post-recession job growth is still sluggish nearly four years later, temporary staffing is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers provided by staffing agencies rose to 2.74 million in October 2013 – a 57% increase over a low 1.75 million in August of 2009.
"All the research that we've done (shows) the trends are pointing towards the flexible workforce," said Jeff Tavangar, CEO at the Armada Group, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based staffing company.
- Overall percentage of current temporary workers is now 2%, near an all-time high.
- Temporary jobs represented one in 10 jobs lost during the recession.
- More than 16% of net employment gains since the recession ended were temporary jobs
- Bureau of Labor Statistics expects there to be 631,000 more temp jobs in 2020 than 2010.
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