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...July 2007 the unemployment rate was 4.7%. July 2013 the unemployment rate is 7.6%. Not included are the workers who fell off the unemployment rolls or gave up looking for work....

All true, what I don't know (and don't know how to find out) is how many temp workers are working temp because that is what they choose or if it means that they can't find a permanent job and want one.

Presumably if the unemployment rate is 4.7% it is easier to find a permanent job if that is what one wants--yet the number of temp employees was the same (roughly) back in July 2007.

The number of "economic" part-timers (those who want a full time job) but are working part time soared from about 4 million when Bush took office to 8 million the day Obama took office, and that remains stubbornly high at 8 million today. We know those people want a full time job.

I'm not sure what the corresponding number is for temp workers. How many want a permanent job and can't find one? I don't know.
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