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More Companies Depending On Contract Workers

Unemployment rates are dropping in many areas including here in Indiana but the jobs that many are landing aren’t what you might expect.

Contract workers made up less than half of one percent of all U.S. employment in the 1980s but now account for 2.3 percent and it’s growing.

The online job site CareerBuilder.com, which specializes in "contract placement," cites research showing that 42 percent of employers intend to hire temporary or contract workers as part of their 2014 staffing strategy — a 14-percent increase over the past five years.

Contract workers are doing every kind of job from laborers, janitors, security officers, home-care and food service-workers and more.

Businesses often hire contract workers or freelancers because it is less expensive than hiring full-time workers.