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Posted: 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tulsa employment expert says recent spike in temporary workers isn't bad for the economy

By Staff

TULSA, Okla. —

In parts of the US economy, hiring is exploding.

The bad news for some... its temporary work.

Some economists say the rise in temp and contract work shows that many employers aren't willing to hire for the long run.

An Associated Press survey of 37 economists has found that three-quarters thought the increased use of temps and contract workers represents a long-standing trend.

Lynn Flinn, president of The Rowland Group, tells KRMG that temp and contract work are nothing new. Flinn says, "You want to have full-time positions available, certainly, but if you look at the history of the temporary industry, that is a very good and very viable thing for the economy."

Flinn points out that not all temp and contract gigs are low-paying. Flinn says, "There's a misconception that temporaries are paid low. We have some of our contract workers that are making very good hourly wages, as a matter of fact."

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