#46628 Aug 21, 2013
Hiring has improved since the financial crash of 2008, but the positions being filled are mostly low-wage, part-time gigs, according to a new analysis by Reuters.
"[T]hree out of four of the nearly 1 million hires this year are part-time and many of the jobs are low-paid," the report reads.
Sluggish economic growth and uncertainty over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act have pushed employers to favor part-time workers, according to executives at staffing and payroll firms.
"Employers say part-timers offer them flexibility," Reuters explains. "If the economy picks up, they can quickly offer full-time work. If orders dry up, they know costs are under control. It also helps them to curb costs they might face under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare."
"This can all become a less-than-virtuous cycle as new employees, who are mainly in lower wage businesses such as retail and food services, do not have the disposable income to drive demand for goods and services," the report adds.
President Obama's health care overhaul has been one of the main drivers in the trend toward part-time work, staffing firm executives told Reuters. The law recognizes 30 hours or more per week as "full-time." So certain businesses, including clothing outlet Forever 21, have cut their employees' hours to a shade below 30 hours.
"Us and other people are hiring part-time because we don't know what the costs are going to be to hire full-time," said Steven Raz, founder of Cornerstone Search Group. "We are being cautious."
Raz said the part-time work trend began in 2012 and has grown exponentially in 2013. In fact, he noted, his staffing firm has seen an increase of roughly 15 percent from this time last year. Other staffing firms confirmed the trend.
"They have put some of the full-time positions on hold and are hiring part-time employees so they won't have to pay out the benefits," said Client Staffing Solutions' Darin Hovendick. "There is so much uncertainty. It's really tough to design a budget when you don't know the final cost involved."
And the White House's recent decision to delay the so-called employer mandate has apparently done nothing to calm fears over the law.
It has "confused people even further," said Bill Peppler, managing partner at Kavaliro. "When we talk to customers, I still don't think anyone has a handle on this."
But let's not forget the sluggish economy. Obamacare isn't the only thing holding back hiring.
Indeed, according to the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, uncertainty over fiscal and regulatory policy was the reason U.S. unemployment at the end of 2012 was 1.3 percentage points higher than it should have been.
Uncertainty regarding government policies, the implementation of Obamacare, and the future of the global economy have all worked to keep businesses afraid of investing in full-time workers.
Hence the part-time economy.
#46629 Aug 21, 2013
I can't imagine that she's never shrill. She's never friendly, or civil. To anyone. Life must be miserable for so much bitterness.
#46630 Aug 21, 2013
Exactly! If Obama were a Christian, he would've issued a loud warning to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as they persecuted and KILLED the local Coptic Christians.
#46631 Aug 21, 2013
Fry Queen plays her tired "Show me where I said that" card for the thousandth time despite the fact that she can never reciprocate when others demand the same of her.
And notice that she still won't offer up a single disparaging word regarding Islam. Not ONE.
#46632 Aug 21, 2013
As usual you got spanked and rather admit the truth you started drooling all over the thread.
That's the problem with you Rethugs, most people can read, and comprehend. You apparently have a learning disability combined with an Obama Derangement Syndrome laced with a conspiracy theory complex...
Some people like you should stay away from politics, it's obvious your mental health is hanging by a thread..
#46633 Aug 21, 2013
It's sad to see Artist and Doesn't Matter carrying water for their masters in the Repub Party.
They offer them nothing for their dogged loyalty. Not a damn thing.
Your party is going down the tubes now they have wrecked immigration. Even though it showed that millions would come into the economy as well as jobs.
Oh well, as the saying goes "There is none so blind as those who will not see."
It's funny to watch them lose their shit because some of their fellow Americans can finally obtain health insurance. Pitiful.
#46634 Aug 21, 2013
You should put more feeling behind that. Get some of this anger out.
#46635 Aug 21, 2013
What's really funny to watch is how you clowns have been so desperately scrabbling for the high ground here since you were destroyed by the Zimmerman verdict. Since he was acquitted you people have been going through the grieving process. The problem is, you're stuck on step #2. All you can do is try an hang on as you laughably defend all that's circling the drain...Obamcare, the economy, the administration itself. But never a shred of decency is to be found in any of your posts. Just fury and bitter hate.
We're better than you, Fry Queen. You know it and it eats you alive.
#46637 Aug 21, 2013
I'm not angry, it's just sad to see someone voting against their own economic well being like you all. You would rather go back to the day when Health Insurance companies could deny claims, turn people down for health insurance. As our country slowly went down the world ladder in health out comes for it's citizens.
We are number one in only one thing - our military. That's it.
I've been outside the country off an on the past thirty years. Even our airports look sad and dilapidated. If we don't start rebuilding out ports, when they finish rebuilding the Panama Canal and those super tankers that are monstrously huge will just have to bypass us.
Even Big Business is getting sick of the idiocy of the Repubs.
Moderate Republicans have left your party.
Your on the Republican Titanic and it's hit an iceberg.
I don't know how old you are but the way it's going in the Repub party you will probably not see a Repub President in your lifetime.
You can fuss and fume against me all you want but it's foolish.
I own a business, I went to college and have a minor in Economics. Republican economic policies have proven to be nothing but smoke and mirrors.
I vote my economic interest. Not the Kock Brothers.
#46638 Aug 21, 2013
What have I got to be bitter about?
I voted for Obama and he won. The cost of my health insurance has gone way down.
My kids have graduated college and have really good jobs and a bright future. My business is going well.
The Republican govs that were so high and mighty are now asking for money from Obamacare like Rick Perry.
I would say that politically I'm on the right side.
And your just celebrating the death of a teenage black kid.
#46639 Aug 22, 2013
What's even funnier is that she continues to think I could give a damn about the current Republican Party. I hope most of them are put out.
#46640 Aug 22, 2013
Well there you have it. Just is not angry.
You can save your time typing these long posts to me. I don't read them because I know they're full of hatred and insults and most of the things you say to me and about me are not true.
#46641 Aug 22, 2013
The Twitter account believed to belong to 15-year-old James Edwards, one of the three teens charged in the murder of Australian student Chris Lane, is filled with graphic and shocking language about killing, smoking and even hating white people.
Edwards and Chancey Luna, 16, have been charged with first degree murder in the case. They each face life in prison and are being held without bond in Duncan, Okla. Micheal Jones, 17, has been charged with using a vehicle
In one outrageous tweet, Edwards writes: "90% of white ppl are nasty.#HATE THEM."
In another, he claims he "knocked out 5 woods since Zimmerman court." The word "woods" is also a derogatory term used to describe white people.
#46642 Aug 22, 2013
Doesn't Matter doesn't actually read but likes to make stuff up.
We already know that from your post yesterday.
You have an agenda.
Thanks for admitting to it.
#46643 Aug 22, 2013
Good morning, hateful. At least you're consistent everyday and not just moody.
#46644 Aug 22, 2013
Do you all remember the scene from Steel Magnolias where Weezer says "I'm not crazy Malin. I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years!"
#46647 Aug 22, 2013
If only the Aussie was armed, he would still be alive!!!!
#46648 Aug 22, 2013
I have heard the same thing about them.
So are you also going to be one of the many who also believe it wasn't a hate crime if 3 white kids would have shot a black student you know damn good and well what everyone would be screaming
The NAACP would have been in Duncan before the smoke cleared
I'm not a racist but sadly this is what our country has amounted to
#46649 Aug 22, 2013
Well the bruhaha on the Martin case was that he kid was dead, unarmed, and the shooter was released. They didn't even do due diligence in investigating it. Especially as the only witness was the shooter himself and the kid was dead. It took national attention to even bring this case to court. That's not the case when you have a white dead guy. Ever.
If this had been a black guy shooting a white kid in the same situation the black guy would be sitting in jail today as we speak.
#46650 Aug 22, 2013
Well since one of the kids was white...
But their going to be tried and probably convicted.
They usually only file hate crimes charges if no charges were filed or if found not guilty.
But don't worry, some day whites will be in the minority status in less than 20 years and I'm quite sure they are going to their chance at the hate crimes statute.
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