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Illinois Putting the Squeeze on Small Temp Firms

The state of Illinois is hoping to save millions of dollars by reducing the number of staffing agencies it uses to three.

This is a good thing for three large corporations–Volt, Kelly and Manpower. It is, however, leaving many small firms–many owned by minorities and women–out of luck, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune reports that the state “plans to have contracts worth $44 million with three firms–$35 million for Manpower Inc., $7 million for Volt Services Group and $2 million for Kelly Services Inc.–through the end of June 2007.”

It will save Illinois about $1 million in the current fiscal year.