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July 1993

Seasonal employment falls over past three decades

Leo G. Rydzewski, William G. Deming, Philip L. Rones

Seasonal employment declined markedly from 1960 to 1990, a trend that was widespread throughout private industry and demographic groups. Some of the reasons for a less seasonal workplace are changing technologies, employers' expanded use of part-time workers, and workers' growing preferences for year-round work. In this article, we show that there has in fact been a dramatic decline in seasonal employment over the last several decades.

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