Major Structural Shifts in U.S. Employment Patterns
WashingtonPost columnist Harold Meyerson writes that the jobs report released Friday shows the United States added 195,000 new jobs in June, including 322,000 new part-time jobs. The biggest growth was in hospitality and service jobs. The number of hours worked by individuals has dropped, he reports: in 1966 the average American worker put in 38.7 hours a week, and last month the average was down to 34.5 In another major economic shirt, more employers were hiring workers through temp agencies, thereby avoiding obligation to provide raises or benefits. FoxNews reports the number of temps has jumped 50 percent in the last four years. Read the ProPublica report on the increasing numbers of temporary workers hired through temp agencies.