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TYLER (KYTX)- Some economists say there's an employment trend you should be concerned about.

People who want full time work can't get it  and they're resorting to part time jobs.

We found out Friday that the nation's unemployment rate dropped to 6.1%, lowest level since 2008.

But they may not be the kind of jobs people think they are.

CBS 19's Courtney Friedman takes us to express employment professionals in tyler to show us what this trend is all about.

But Express Employment Professionals Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Allen, says that's not always what's available, even in a very healthy market like Tyler.

"As a whole, over the 3 years I look back at, the average hours worked per employee, hasn't changed," says Allen. "The average is around 33.78."

Some economists say if the job market is really improving, we should be seeing workers log more hours. Which usually leads to future hiring and pay increases, but Allen disagrees.

"I don't think it should be worrisome, because there are more jobs. It was worrisome when there were no jobs," says Allen. "People need to look at it a little differently I think."

Many experts blame the Affordable Care Act for the rise in part time jobs.

The law requires firms with at least 50 employees to provide health insurance to those working at least 30 hours so they may have more part timers now.

"I've heard a lot about the part time issue through the companies we talk to. They have a lot of questions about it themselves," says Allen. "What does the new law state? Benefits to them if they were to do this."

Allen says employers are changing the way they do business to deal with issues like the new health care requirements.

She's seeing changes in the market that account for that issue.

"What is moving is companies figuring out how they can use contract labor and flexible staff to help their production stay afloat," says Allen.

Allen knows everyone has to make a living and that's why she encourages her clients to take the best jobs available, even if they offer fewer hours.

To her, things are still looking up.

"We had a slow start coming out of the recession the first quarter," says Allen. "The second quarter is turning out to be pretty good."

"If you're looking for a very specific type of job and you're having trouble finding it, you can always come to an agency like this, Express Employment Professionals, and they can help you find what you want," says Allen.

You can also always get employment help and information at East Texas Workforce Solutions.

 

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