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When you're looking for new hires, temps may not be as temporary as you might think.

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This story appears in the July 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The temporary staffing sector continues to generate gains in a jobless recovery. Since last April, U.S. staffing agencies have filled at least 162,200 new temporary positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It's a sign of the times. "Companies are still wary of taking on new [full-time] workers," says Sophia Koropeckyj, director of West Chester, Pennsylvania, economic research firm Economy.com, which predicts the U.S. economy will produce 1.6 million new jobs in 2004.

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