June Staffing Up 7.3% From a Year Ago
Data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that seasonally adjusted staffing industry employment fell marginally in June, with temporary help payrolls down 12,000 (-0.5%) from May. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment is 7.3% higher than June of last year.
“It continues to be a really tough employment environment,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and CEO of the American Staffing Association. “Individuals seeking work need a strong, multi-faceted job search strategy that should include contacting local staffing and recruiting firms for advice and consultation about employment prospects in their area.”
Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that staffing jobs held relatively steady, with staffing firms employing approximately 2,000 fewer people (-0.1%) from May to June. On a year-to-year basis, there were 7.8% more staffing employees in June compared with the same month in 2010. The ASA Staffing Index, which also is not seasonally adjusted and therefore is comparable to the nonadjusted employment figures reported by BLS, indicated a -0.3% drop in staffing payrolls from May to June; the index showed a 3.5% increase in staffing employment in June over the same month last year.
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 research partner Inavero, a market research firm based in Portland, OR.
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