Thought Leaders: Presidents, Pundits, and Economists

“Permanent declines in this unemployment rate may have been caused by, among other things, the development of the temporary help industry and the Internet job market.”

Clinton Administration Report (2001 Economic Report of the President, February 2001.)

“Average growth in temporary help services employment over a six-month period has a striking positive correlation with growth in overall employment over the subsequent six months. Statistical analysis suggests that an increase of one job in temporary help services corresponds to a subsequent rise of seven jobs in overall employment.”

Bush Administration Report (2004 Economic Report of the President, February 2004.)

“The catalyst for [the employment services] industry’s growth will be increases in the demand for temporary staffing services as flexible work arrangements and schedules continue to proliferate and businesses make their staffing patterns more responsive to market changes.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics (Jay M. Berman, “Industry Output and Employment Projections to 2014,” Monthly Labor Review,, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor November 2005.)

“Alternatives like temporary staffing and independent contracting are important innovations that contribute to greater workplace productivity and meet the needs of workers who choose those arrangements.”

Employment Policy Foundation (Statement of Ronald Bird, Employment Policy Foundation, Before the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, March 6, 2002.)

“Flexibility, as history persuasively shows, enables an economic system to better absorb and rebound from shocks. Presumably, the rise in product and labor market flexibility in the United States and in a number of other countries over the past quarter-century is continuing to pay off.”

Alan Greenspan (“Greenspan’s Comments on the U.S. Trade Deficit,” Wall Street Journal, Nov. 19, 2004.)

“Some increasingly common business practices—such as ‘just-in-time’ inventories and the growing use of temporary employees—have moderated the economic cycle by keeping businesses from overexpanding and then downsizing dramatically when sales slow.”

Los Angeles Times (Joel Havemann, “Fed Chief Scores High in First Year,” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 31, 2007.)

“Use of temporary or contract employees to smooth out labor needs has grown substantially.”

Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Erica L. Groshen and Simon Potter, “Has Structural Change Contributed to a Jobless Recovery?” Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, August 2000.)

Source: The American Staffing Association

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