BLS: Staffing Firms Add Jobs in October

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October Staffing Up 7.9% From a Year Ago

Seasonally adjusted employment data, released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicated that staffing firms added 15,000 new jobs (0.7%) from September to October. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment for the month was 7.9% higher than October 2010.

U.S. nonfarm payroll employment added 80,000 jobs in September, largely driven by employment increases in the private sector. Modest job growth was reported in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, health care, and mining. Government employment continued to decline. The overall unemployment dropped slightly from 9.1% to 9.0%.

“The October BLS report underscores the critical importance of the current jobs debate in Washington and the need to jump-start the economy overall,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “ASA members report that businesses say lack of demand is holding back hiring. Until demand picks up, businesses will continue to rely on their existing permanent work forces and flexible staffing.”

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that the staffing industry added jobs, with temporary help firms employing approximately 68,900 additional people (2.9%) from September to October. On a year-to-year basis, there were 7.3% more staffing employees in October compared with the same month in 2010.

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