MADISON (WKOW) -- Three-quarters of the one million hires in the U.S. this year have been for part-time work, according to an analysis done by Reuters news agency.
That analysis blames the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as a tepid economy for fewer full-time jobs. But it's clear most local employers aren't discouraged by those factors.
Over the past 30 days, employers have posted 900 full-time jobs with the Dane County JOb Center, compared to just 343 part-time positions.
Employment Training Specialist Jon Stinemetz says those employers are not being scared off by Obamacare.
"They want the staff, they want to get those people on board no matter what they're doing," said Stinemetz. "And I think that they're gonna figure out the Affordable Health Care Act when the time comes and deal with that and go from there."
But there are exceptions. Lands' End sent employees at its Dodgeville facility an internal memo in February, informing part-time workers that their hours would be reduced because of the Affordable Care Act. That memo was leaked to 27 News.
"Some weeks could be scheduled at 5 days and some weeks will be scheduled 1 to 2 days," the memo reads. "For the year, all flex-time employees will average under 30 hours."
Despite the fact that the federal mandate requiring employers to offer insurance to workers that average 30 hours or more has been delayed until 2015, a Lands' End spokesperson tells 27 News they are leaving the policy in place.
Job seeker Kevin Wold believes its a mistake.
"You attract the good worker who really wants to work by having some benefits," said Wold.
Laid off from his job of 32 years at Webcrafters in 2012, Wold is among a growing segment of baby boomers that won't consider a job with no health insurance.
"Those benefits are very important to the older worker," said Wold. "We need to definitely have a chance for the older workers to be able to get on our feet."
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