Two-thirds of temporary workers employed in services or manufacturing
May 02, 2001
Temporary workers were most often assigned to work in the manufacturing and services industries in 1999. Relative to traditional workers, they were much more likely to be working in manufacturing and much less likely to be in wholesale and retail trade.
The percentage of temporary help agency workers in the services industry was slightly larger (38.7 percent to 35.2 percent) than for traditional workers. By a ratio of nearly 2-to-1, however, temporary workers were more likely than workers in traditional arrangements to work in manufacturing. This ratio was more than reversed in the wholesale and retail trade industry, where traditional workers were represented more than 2.5 times as often.
These data are from a February supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Find out more in "Characteristics of and preference for alternative work arrangements, 1999," by Marisa DiNatale, Monthly Labor Review, March 2001.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Two-thirds of temporary workers employed in services or manufacturing on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/apr/wk5/art03.htm (visited June 29, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.