Labor Dept. to measure ‘gig’ employment

America’s job market will soon officially include all contract workers.

The Labor Department has decided that temporary workers, independent workers and people with multiple jobs will be included in its statistics beginning May 2017.

According to the latest estimates, there are roughly 30 million full-time and part-time independent workers in the U.S. About 10 percent of them are employed through temporary employment agencies.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the change reflects the importance of including such workers into official U.S. economic data.

“It will give us reliable, credible insight into what’s going on across a range of work arrangements,” Perez wrote in a blog post on the Labor Department’s website.

Temporary employment was expected to grow 13% (354,877 jobs) from 2014 to 2019.

Temporary employment will continue to grow as companies look for ways to quickly adapt to market dynamics. Temporary work arrangements also help workers who want to build relationships with different organizations and explore career options.

At Apprentice Personnel, we find jobs for people just like you in a variety of fields: hospitality and catering; light industrial and construction; commercial food service; property management; government; non-clinical medical; and clerical and administrative. 


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Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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