Staffing Up 8.6% From a Year Ago
Seasonally adjusted employment data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that temporary help employment added 16,400 new jobs in November (up 0.6% from October). BLS also revised September and October estimates up by 16,000 and 21,800, respectively, boosting growth from relatively flat to being on par with recent trends.
In a year-to-year comparison, staffing firms employed 8.6% more temporary workers in November than in the same month a year ago, according to BLS.
Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that the staffing industry added 13,100 jobs in November (up 0.5% from October). On a year-to-year basis, there were 7.9% more staffing employees in November than in the same month last year.
"Staffing and recruiting firms report that businesses across several sectors are beginning to feel more confident about the economy and prospects for the months ahead," says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. "Because payroll budgets are being reset for January, December is an excellent time for job seekers to pursue new employment opportunities."
Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 203,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate declined from 7.3% to 7.0%. Monthly job gains have averaged 193,000 over the past three months, BLS says. Employment increased in transportation and warehousing (31,000), health care (19,000), and manufacturing (27,000).
BLS also released preliminary October employment data for search and placement services: seasonally adjusted, employment increased 5.9% to 292,900.
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