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Number of laid off professionals seeking temporary work increases

Posted on March 18th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

A survey that was conducted recently for the Employment Group found that 54 percent of U.S. adults agreed that temporary work was the best alternative after a layoff. The results were collected over the internet and coincides with the most recent Department of Labor payroll statistics.

The federal data showed that the employment landscape did not improve as expected, leading many citizens to believe that the job market is still weak. Still, from the options available to unemployed people – including obtaining a temporary job, going back to school or starting a new business – most chose to find a transitional position.

"Despite significant, persistent challenges in the job market, public opinion regarding the value and long-term career potential of temporary employment remains strong," said Mark Lancaster, CEO of the Employment Group.

The survey was conducted in January of this year. Of those surveyed, 70 percent said that they believed a temp job habitually leads to a full-time position. Also, 74 percent admitted that it bolsters a resume. Many female workers aged 55 years and over who were laid-off recently, said that temporary work was also their best employment option.

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