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The number of full-time workers rose 0.5 percent in 2005 from the previous year to 32.18 million for the first increase in eight years, the government said Wednesday.

The number of part-time employees rose to 10.91 million, up 0.6 percent, compared with a 5.7 percent rise in 2004, indicating that employers are tending to hire workers on a regular basis instead of part time on the back of the economic recovery.

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