Part Time Workers

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The job market is improving; but not everyone filling out a timesheet is sticking around for the long haul.

In the 1980's contract workers made up less than 1% of the American job force. Today that number has grown to 2.3% and economists expect that to grow. These days’ casual employees can be found in almost every sector. From janitors to computer programmers to security guards more people are working under short term contracts with specific deadlines.

And while that means more people are employed it's not exactly a gold star for the economy. Contract workers have less job security than their full time counter parts. They don't spend as much money and they don't have the same job protection.

Businesses have a different take on the situation. They employ contract workers because it's cheaper than full time. According to careerbuilder.com 42% of companies plan to hire temporary workers this year. But considering the number of people that just a few years ago were desperate for a paycheck; even temporary is better than nothing.