Temporary employment has been growing steadily over the last several years as the country recovered from the last recession, and the momentum show little signs of slowing. In fact, new research estimates that it will grow to more than 3.2 million jobs by 2025, an increase of 8.5 percent from 2019. This compares with 6 percent growth for all U.S. jobs from 2019 to 2025.

Key findings of the study by Tacoma-based TrueBlue, a workforce solutions company, and Emsi, a labor analytics resource, include:

  • Nearly 480,000 jobs were added from 2012 to 2019 with companies seeking more flexibility in how they staff and workers seeking greater control over when and where they work.
  • While temporary employment is relatively balanced among age groups, the majority (57 percent) of people working temporary assignments, or gigs, are ages 35 and older; 18 percent are ages 55 and older. The number one reason why people say they want to take on gig work is to earn extra income, followed by the desire to get their foot in the door with a company.
  • Los Angeles, California (adding 13,466 jobs); Dallas, Texas (+13,435 jobs); Chicago, Illinois (+12,944 jobs); Grand Rapids, Michigan (+8,997 jobs); and New York, New York (+8,718 jobs) are the top five metro statistical areas projected to add the largest number of temporary jobs through 2025.
  • Supply chain-related jobs continue to dominate the list of fastest-growing temporary occupations from production to transportation and customer service.

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