Temporary Jobs Becoming A Permanent Fixture In US

By Christopher S. Rugaber

In this Friday, July 5, 2013, photo, an SAIA employee unloads copy paper from a delivery truck at Centennial Tower downtown, Friday, July 5, 2013, in Atlanta. Temporary workers, in fields such as manufacturing, health care and teaching, have jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to nearly 2.7 million. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: Temporary work.

From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them – about 12 percent of everyone with a job.

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