Discussion: Inside the Rise of America’s Temp Towns

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In collaboration with ProPublica, TIME published an in-depth investigation into the booming temp industry, as it replaces a growing number of blue-collar jobs across the country. Roughly 2.7 million temp workers are currently employed in the U.S—a sector that’s “roaring back 10 times faster than private-sector employment as a whole,” wrote reporter Michael Grabell.

What’s behind this economic shift? And how does it impact the workers staffing “the supply chain of America’s largest companies”? On Friday at 2 pm ET, reporter Michael Grabell (@MichaelGrabell) will be joined by sociologist George Gonos, an expert on the temp industry, and Leone Bicchieri, executive director of the Chicago Workers’ Collective, to answer your questions.

Join the conversation below, or tweet your questions with the hashtag #TempLand.