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The Jump in Temp Employment in November

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Saturday, 04 December 2010 09:14
The NYT noted the increase in employment of temporary workers by 45,000 in November. This was by far the most rapid job growth in any sector. In attempting to interpret this rise it is important to keep in mind that temp employment rose by 107,000 last November. It seems as though many stores are opting to fill their seasonal demands for labor with temp employment rather than hiring workers who they may expect to keep on permanently after the holidays, however the pattern is less pronounced this year than last.
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More Temporary Jobs Means More Total Jobs, Not Less
written by izzatzo, December 04, 2010 9:41
What a crock of socialist baloney Mr Whose Your Nanny. Any economist knows the uptick in temporary employment is due to the Teabagger takeover of Congress which reduced regulatory uncertainty.

Leave it to a socialist economist to mistake the difference between adding MORE TOTAL jobs by complementing existing permanent jobs with more temporary ones, rather than making up fairy tales about temporary jobs displacing permanent ones. Listen to Senator McConnell and you might learn something about economics.
temp employment has been about half of all job gains
written by ts, December 04, 2010 11:50
Since employment hit bottom in December 2009, total nonfarm employment has risen 953,000 and temp employment has risen 307,000. Temp employment has added nearly 500,000 jobs since September 2009.

It seems like until sales growth increases, companies are hiring temps over full time workers. The jump in temp hiring is a bit larger and much quicker than past recoveries. In 2003, it took almost three years to add 500,000 temp jobs from a base of 2.1 million.
The risk of becoming an idiot oneself
written by DakotabornKansan, December 04, 2010 12:19
Izzatzo says “Any economist knows the uptick in temporary employment is due to the Teabagger takeover of Congress which reduced regulatory uncertainty,” and recommends, “Listen to Senator McConnell and you might learn something about economics.”

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.

“By dint of railing at idiots, one runs the risk of becoming an idiot oneself.” “Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.” - Gustave Flaubert
You gotta know Izzatzo, DakotabornKansan
written by RL, December 04, 2010 7:04
Izzatzo is a proficient satirist of mainstream economics and in fact a devotee of Dean Baker. It's a measure of the insanity of public economic and political discussion that it can be difficult for others to distinguish between his satire and genuine neoclassical economic arguments.

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