By Christopher s. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Associated Press – Sun, Jul 7, 2013 11:17 PM EDT
FILE – In this Wednesday, March 11, 2009, file photo, Clairessa Mills looks over the main desk for help at the Labor Ready temporary employment agency in Warren, Ohio.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: Temporary work.
From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them — about 12 percent of everyone with a job.
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