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August 2010

The expanding role of temporary help services from 1990 to 2008

Tian Luo, Amar Mann, Richard J. Holden

During the 1990–2008 period, employment in the temporary help services industry grew from 1.1 million to 2.3 million and came to include a larger share of workers than before in higher skill occupations; employment in this industry has been very volatile because temporary workers are easily hired when demand increases and laid off when it decreases.

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