Temp jobs make up large portion of new positions

09.13.2012


Temp jobs make up large portion of new positions
Temp jobs make up large portion of new positions

Analysts are still discussing what exactly last week's jobs report meant, which showed the U.S. economy added 96,000 jobs in August and unemployment fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, and many are sparring over whether there are fewer people in the workforce, or more jobs are being created.

According to the Oregon Statesman Journal, analysts are also pointing to an interesting fact: that the jobs that are being created are not typical, full-time positions, but rather temporary jobs. In Oregon, 39,458 jobs have been created since the beginning of the recession in 2008. Of these, an astounding two-thirds have been temporary positions, information from the state Department of Administrative Services shows.

Between 2008 and September 2012, Oregon added 24,991 jobs that had an expiration date. Although some of these jobs were for seasonal work, such as road construction crews, other were for "limited duration" jobs, in which workers were brought on to help complete specials tasks. This left only 14,467 new jobs labeled as "permanent," or those that workers didn't expect to leave in the short term.

The most permanent workers were hired by the Department of Health and Human Services, but it also led the way in overall hiring.

Temporary employment has proven to help the state in several ways.

For example, it is less expensive for Oregon to employ temp workers, who not only save the state money but also fill crucial seasonal or specific positions. The Department of Revenue brings on new workers every tax season, but lowers their staffing every fall when demand for tax services falls. The Department of Transportation typically hires sign holders every summer, then lets these workers go come fall.

Temp hiring is taking place all over the country, resulting in higher demand for the services of temporary staffing firms. In North Carolina, the Charlotte Business Journal recently listed the area's largest staffing agencies based on the number of temporary workers placed per week.

At the top of the list was Aerotek Inc., which reportedly placed an average of 2,100 temporary workers every week in the region in 2011. North Carolina has been witnessing an improving jobs climate, with 47 of the state's 100 counties reporting a drop in unemployment in July.