America now has a record 2.7 million temp workers
They have accounted for one-fifth of job growth since mid-2009 as big companies like Wal-Mart and BMW rely on this low-cost labor.
It turns out that the ad, from Kelly Services (KELYA), foreshadowed one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. labor market: the temp worker.
But what was once the purview of the chauvinistic Kelly Girl -- created when women were entering the labor market -- is now spreading across blue-collar industries, with temp jobs returning at a rate that's 10 times faster than private-sector employment, according to an excellent report on the trend by the nonprofit ProPublica.
It has even led to "temp towns," or cities and neighborhoods where a significant number of residents are employed by temp agencies. Such places now include Greenville County, S.C., where 8.6% of workers are temps, and Kane Count, Ill., where 6.1% are temps.
So what's so bad about being a temp? After all, these workers are getting paid at a time when millions are still seeking employment.
While many temps are paid minimum wage, in effect they earn less because many must wait before receiving a temp assignment. Temps on average earn 25 cents less on every dollar earned by permanent employees, ProPublica noted.
Because of their low earnings, temps often rely on food banks and government benefits such as taxpayer-funded health care to get by. Benefits are unheard of, as is opportunity for promotion.
It's not a small segment of the labor market either. In May, a record 2.68 million workers filled the temp ranks, according to Labor Department statistics. That means roughly the same number of people are working as temps as there are in the airline, real estate and mining industries combined.
"We're seeing just more and more industries using business models that attempt to change the employment relationship or obscure the employment relationship," Labor Department official Mary Beth Maxwell told ProPublica. "In the last 10 to 15 years, there's just a big shift to this for a lot more workers -- which makes them a lot more vulnerable."
The trend is likely to accelerate, given Obamacare's pending roll-out in 2014. The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide coverage for full-time employees, which is spurring some companies to cut hours or rely on temps.
Temp agencies defend their business. Randall Hatcher of MAU Workforce Solutions, which provides temps to BMW, told ProPublica: "I think our industry has been good for North America as far as keeping people working."
Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.
A sure sign of the destruction of the American worker brought on by the battle between the extremist
Union Socialist vs Elitist who promote 2 class society (rich and poor)
I'm not saying all unions or people in unions are bad and I'm not saying every rich person is bad. I'm saying that the extremes that battle with money to crooked politicians have caused these problems.
Our solutions begin when a certain 535 are in danger of being considered "TEMPS".
Thats it in a nutshell. Vote intelligently ~!
Yep Big business at it again. Unions are destroyed and people are paid less with no benefits. Go figure.
Take it or starve I guess.........
I started my job as a temporary temp filling in for the long-term temp when she was on vacation for a week. I made $13/hr. I impressed the bosses so much that at the end of the month they fired her and took me on as the long-term temp making $15/hr. After six months they decided to hire me from the temp agency, giving me $17/hr and ridiculous benefits. A year and a half later they gave me a 10% raise because I demanded it, as my responsibilities had expanded significantly since I had been hired. I started as a temp and I made myself indispensable.
in the 2-1/2 years I've been here I've seen plenty of other temps come and go. Either not competent or not interested in putting in the work to earn that full time job. I feel sorry for them that they didn't recognize the opportunity when it was slapping them in the face. Plenty of businesses use temp agencies to test-drive potential employees. It gets your foot in the door. Where you go from there is up to you.
You bounce from contract to contract - no vacation, no health insurance, no sick leave. They sometimes look the other way on OT because 60 hour weeks can be a unfortunate necessity. Forget having a family - much less a life. Companies make out like bandits either way. Make a project, get your techs on the cheap, use them up, and throw them away.
25 hours/week x 2 jobs = 50 hours with no overtime or benefits
All of this comes at a time when the average baby boomer is retiring with far less than 50k of net worth and the poverty line has been raised to the level that EVERYONE living on S/S is now going to be collecting an Earned Income Credit (a return of cash after paying NO taxes) that will be added to the ever growing entitlement totals and the only way to get more is to raise taxes again, the real legacy of the "votes for sale" era of Obama!
There is no security or certainty. GET USED TO IT.
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