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For Many Americans, 'Temp' Work Becomes Permanent Way of Life | Conservative Musings

13 May 2014—Kevin E. Cahill, Center's research economist was mentioned on

More alarming to economists, long-term temps also miss out on the opportunity to develop a nest egg for a comfortable retirement. “It’s almost entirely the burden of the individual,” said Kevin Cahill, a labor economist with the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.

The potential hit to Social Security benefits is two-fold, he said. Since Social Security benefits are based on your earnings over your work history, both low-paying temp work or a gap in employment — a combination many of today’s “permatemps” face — can drag down a worker’s future payments.

These workers also may not have access to a corporate 401(k) plan. Even if they do, they might not be paid enough to be able to put any away for retirement. There’s certainly no employer match.

“Folks who turn to temporary employment because full-time employment is lacking have been hit extra hard. They’ve lost time to accumulate savings and could very well bleed down their savings during their job search.”

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