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Paul Borja wanted to earn some extra income on weekends, but when he went to the temporary labor office recommended by a friend early Monday morning on November 9, he found a “For Sale” sign at the place of business.

Labor Temp Services has closed its doors at 1118 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway. The once-thriving business succumbed to the slowdown in the economy.

“This was an easy place to get to via the trolley.” said Borja. “It’s hard to get to the temp places early in the morning so I can sign up for work. The earlier I get there, the better, since there are few jobs available. Now I have to try to find another place to sign up.”

Mark Scott of McMillin Realty, which is selling the site, said, “Victor had his Labor Temp Services at that location since 2002. It’s a really convenient location for a lot of laborers who pick up their assignments and tools before going to their work sites. Now he is looking to either lease or sell the various buildings on their corner site.”

Sylvia Rivera still answers the business phone "Labor Temp Services," but she said, “We are out of business and only working with a few construction crews. If you are looking for other temp agencies, I can recommend a couple, but they all have very little work.”

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Microsoft92114 Nov. 14, 2009 @ 3:32 p.m.

Paul should attend the Job Fairs that are held on a regular basis. There are some temporary agencies attending.


mh91945 Nov. 21, 2009 @ 3:27 p.m.

Well, I appreciate the work that I still get at the secretarial temp agency I work for. Hopefully the legal economy will not get as bad as the construction economy. But I still have to take the trolley and bus to get to work and the proposed reduction is not good for my weekend activities.


Foster75 Nov. 23, 2009 @ 8:53 a.m.

Gees! There goes one on my part time jobs. Good thing I have the college career center to help out for student work.


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