Nationwide, nearly 17 million people are only working part-time or temp jobs. Part-time employees generally work 35-hours or less a week. It seems full-time jobs are becoming harder and harder to find. Experts say it's a sign employers can't yet commit to long-run hires.
Gregg Goutreaux with the Lafayette Economic Development Authority explains.
"Actually, there's just not enough full-time jobs yet in the economy to supply the labor force," said Goutreaux. "And a lot of places around the country, people are taking part-time jobs and it's not really by choice."
Goutreaux says despite that outlook, Lafayette seems to be bucking the trend.
"From April to May of this year, we've created 800 new jobs," said Goutreaux." From last May to this May, we've grown around 1500 total."
The number of temp jobs has jumped nearly 50% over the last four years. It's even trickled into unlikely sectors like healthcare and law. While pending healthcare laws may put another damper on future hires, Goutreaux says it's Acadiana's local industries keeping up with the job flow.
"Oil and gas is the backbone of the regional economy. Medical is the backbone of the local economy. And manufacturing is the backbone of the oil and gas industry," said Goutreaux.