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Temp hiring hints at more job gains

Friday, December 02, 2011 - 02:01

Dec 2 - Temporary workers, such as Lance Robinson and Carrie Tuttle, are reaping the benefits of a slowly recovering economy as companies turn to temp hiring first. Jill Bennett reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Carrie Tuttle has made a living working one job after another. Laid off two years ago, she prefers the life of a temporary contractor over full-time worker. SOUNDBITE: CARRIE TUTTLE, TEMPORARY WORKER (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I'm definitely seeing a pickup, there's a lot more companies that are hiring." The temporary staffing industry has added close to 600,000 jobs over the last 18-20 months, according to employment services leader ManpowerGroup. And, temp workers can benefit down the line. Jonas Prising, President ManpowerGroup of the Americas: SOUNDBITE: JONAS PRISING, PRESIDENT, MANPOWERGROUP OF THE AMERICAS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Almost 40% of the people that work with Manpower during any given year with a particular company get hired by that company so it's a great way for people to enter into the workforce." Recent college grad Lance Robinson is hoping the temp jobs he has been getting through Manpower will soon turn into a full-time deal. SOUNDBITE: LANCE ROBINSON, TEMPORARY WORKER (ENGLISH) SAYING: "You are able to basically get your foot in the door and get a permanent position, if, they accept you or like you (laughs)." Fortunately for Robinson, there were some encouraging signs for job hunters last month. The unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent a 2-1/2 year low, while non-farm payrolls rose by 120,000 - just a hair below forecasts. Still, most companies are dragging their feet when it comes to adding jobs, according to Harvard University Professor Jeffrey Frankel. SOUNDBITE: JEFFREY FRANKEL, PROFESSOR KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY (ENGLISH) SAYING: "This month, as for the last three years, firms have been reluctant to hire, hiring has lagged behind the growth of the economy, because they are not sure that the demand for their products is going to be there in the future and they don't want to incur the costs." REPORTER STAND-UP: JILL BENNETT, REUTERS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "That may mean a lot more opportunities for temporary workers, but economists say it will take a significant amount of time before the 13.3 million unemployed Americans get back to work full-time. I'm Reuters Reporter Jill Bennett in New York."

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Temp hiring hints at more job gains

Friday, December 02, 2011 - 02:01