Temp agencies see pick up in Wichita area

In what may be a sign of good news to come, local temp agencies report slight increases in demand for their workers.

Temp workers traditionally are the first rehired when companies need more labor but aren't confident enough about the future to hire regular employees.

On a national level, the rebound has been more robust. The demand for temp workers is up 23 percent since the beginning of the year, reports the American Staffing Association.

The hiring of temp workers has tended to lead that of full-time workers by three to six months, said Richard Wahlquist, the association's president and CEO.

But, he cautioned, every recovery is different.

"What we learned is that past data hasn't been a very good predictor in terms of a recession's shape and depth and duration," he said.

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