BLS: Staffing Employment Holds Steady in April


April Staffing Jobs Up 11% From a Year Ago

Data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows seasonally adjusted staffing industry employment was essentially unchanged in April, with temporary help payrolls down by 2,300 (-0.1%) from March. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment is 11% higher than April of last year.

“Staffing firms have played a significant role in the jobs recovery, adding about 500,000 workers to industry payrolls since the recession ended in June 2009,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “With millions of Americans still looking for work, staffing firms offer job seekers not only temporary assignments, but also a bridge to permanent jobs.”

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that staffing employment increased 1.6% in April over March. On a year-to-year basis, there were 11.2% more workers employed in April compared with the same month in 2010. The ASA Staffing Index, which is also not seasonally adjusted and therefore is comparable to the nonadjusted employment figures reported by BLS, indicated a 7% increase in staffing payrolls since April 2010.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a virtual real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator and leading employment indicator, especially when the economy is emerging from a recession. Data for the index are gathered by ASA corporate partner Inavero, a market research firm based in Portland, OR.

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