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Temporary Worker Hiring Surge Accounts for One-Third of U.S. Job Growth

Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (07/22/12) Cornelius Frolik

Hiring of temporary employees accounted for about one-third of U.S. job gains in June, according to federal labor data. The U.S. staffing industry as a whole has added about 776,000 jobs since 2009, more than most industries.

“It’s generally not cost effective to try to replace a full-time worker—when a company has a full-time need—with a temporary employee, because you will have all the costs associated with the employee that the staffing firm is going to include in its bill rate,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive of the American Staffing Association. “The principal reasons companies use temporary workers are flexibility and access to talent.”