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Taking on temps: Cautious businesses find low-risk solution

Temporary employment offers an option for growing Lansing-area businesses to expand with less risk, as well as providing jobs for local workers. Around 3,500 people are employed as temps in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton Counties.

According to excerpts from the story:

Eleazar De Los Santos, laid off from a tool and die maker, had a strategy for getting past employers' hesitation to directly hire permanent workers in a down economy.

Temporary work.

But De Los Santos is fine with that. He works at least 40 hours a week, has health insurance through the staffing agency, Employment Plus, and has a direct deposit option for his paychecks.

H&H has 27 permanent employees along with seven temporary workers.

Nationally, staffing companies employed an average of 2 million temporary and contract workers in January, up from about 1.8 million a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That was the case in Michigan. Temporary jobs dropped nearly 16 percent from 89,600 in 2008 to 75,400 in 2009, only to rebound by 18 percent to 88,800 in 2010, according to the state Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (which has been renamed the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs).

Kent Housler, vice president of Lansing-based Personnel World, said he's noticed an increased demand in the area for CNC machinists, assemblers and welders.

About 75 percent of the people he places into these jobs are on a trial hire basis, with opportunities for long-term employment, Housler said.

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