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Summary: Just Getting By (2002)

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San Diego’s diverse regional economy – from traditional hospitality and defense manufacturing industries to emerging bio-tech and software industries – allowed us to research a range of non-standard workers across skill-level and industry. San Diego’s location on the U.S.-Mexican border also allowed us the opportunity to address experiences of race and immigration status among temporary workers. To understand the motivations and practices of the three main players in the temporary labor market, we talked to 71 temporary workers in focus groups, and surveyed 29 temporary agencies and human resources managers at 38 firms.

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