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Bumpy Road

October 23, 2008
Contingent staffing has traditionally served as a shock absorber during economic downturns, allowing companies to reduce staffing levels without firing permanent employees. One puzzling aspect of the current downturn is that while the total number of temporary jobs lost has been modest, the number of lost temporary jobs represents the brunt of overall job losses in the current economic slump.

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Illustration by Gonzalo Hernandez
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