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Michelle Fish Provides Insight into Positive Economic Changes

Mar 08, 2010 Employers are bringing on a growing number of temporary workers, according to a new report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As businesses typically bring on interim workers before adding to their permanent staff, the report might indicate a frozen job market is beginning to thaw.

Temporary jobs were up by 48,000 workers in February, bringing the total to 2 million nationally. Kenny Colbert, of the Employer's Association in Charlotte, says when a company is slowly replenishing its bare-bones staffing, it will start hiring some temporary employees so that the existing employees don't work so many hours. And when the market begins to turn around, he says many will convert the temporary employees over to full-time employees. "That is a sign that a company has turned the corner," Colbert said.

Michelle Fish, CEO of Charlotte's Integra Staffing and Executive Search, says that's not just good news for that temporary worker, as it also makes room for more contract workers.

Some reports are cautious about the bureau’s findings, saying unlike in previous economic recoveries, temporary spots have been slow to turn into to more full-time positions.



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