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Temp jobs on the rise in the U.S.

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Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: Temporary work. Freda Marver, career and life coach with Begin Again Coaching in St. Louis Park spoke to FOX 9 News about this trend and what's next for U.S. employees.

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.

Hiring is always healthy for an economy. Yet, the rise in temp and contract work shows that many employers aren't willing to hire for the long run. The number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to nearly 2.7 million — the most on government records dating to 1990. Watch the video for more information and insight from Marver.

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