December 4, 2009 3:08 PM

On the hiring line: All those temps signal good things to come

Last January, Rita Ruggles was on the verge of closing her temporary staffing agency in South Beloit, Ill. She had only 25 workers placed with area companies, her billings had tumbled and she was forced to lay off all four of her office staffers. Today, however, in the heart of northern Illinois' hard-hit manufacturing region, Ruggles is experiencing a renaissance of sorts.

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