For what it's worth...That theme also plays out in the data.
I work as a W-2 employee on a project by project basis. One of the things I've noticed - and this seems to be a relatively new phenom - is that I am being contracted for fewer days. So what used to be a typical 5 week project (25 days) is now shaved down to 4.5 weeks (22 days).
Yeah, it's just 3 days. But multiply that times 100 people and it's a year of employment in man days that's gone poof.