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Permanently Temporary: The Truth About Temp Labor

VICE News traveled across the country, scouring warehouses, temp agencies, and temp towns in search of the people who make our world of same-day delivery possible.

by Krishna Andavolu
Mar 14 2014, 12:26pm

Temp labor is one of the fastest growing industries in the US. Increasingly, temp workers are part of a business strategy to keep costs down and profits high. From mega-retailers to mom-and-pop shops, temps are hired to do some of the hardest and most dangerous jobs. While more and more of the American workforce comprises temporary workers, they're largely hidden from public view. Many of these workers stay silent, often having their livelihoods threatened if they speak out. Wanting to get a glimpse of this invisible workforce, VICE News traveled across the country, scouring warehouses, temp agencies, and temp towns in search of the people who make our world of same-day delivery possible.

For more on the plight of the temp laborer in the US, read "A Modern Day Harvest of Shame" and "Permanently Temporary."

This story was developed in collaboration with reporting by Propublica.

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