Surge in temp workers reflects fundamental change in American workplace

Source: Ylan Q. Mui, The Washington Post

The nation’s unemployment rate is falling faster than expected, but what counts as a job has become increasingly murky. More than a quarter of people who have found jobs since the recession ended have landed in temporary positions, according to government data, though private estimates range far higher. The numbers reflect a fundamental change in the way Americans work, with neither businesses nor their employees expecting to stay together for life.

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