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In an interview with Portuguese Press Agency Lusa, the President of the Association of Private Employment Agencies (Apespe) said that temporary employment has fallen by 20% in 2009 when compared to 2008.
Marcelino Pena Costa told Lusa "the [temporary employment] sector had a turnover of 800 million Euro in 2009 compared to 1 billion Euro in 2008."
"There was a general downturn in the sector, especially in the three sub-sectors of the car industry, civil construction and public works."
On the positive side, Pena Costa mentioned growth in the information technology sector and the food industry, which "in spite of the crisis maintained some stability."