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BLS: Staffing Continues Solid Job Growth in November

November Staffing Up 7.8% From a Year Ago

Seasonally adjusted employment data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that staffing firms added 22,300 new jobs (1.0%) from October to November. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment for the month was 7.8% higher than November 2010.

U.S. nonfarm payroll employment added 120,000 jobs in October, largely driven by employment increases in the private sector. Job growth was reported in retail trade (50,000), leisure and hospitality (22,000), and professional and business services (33,000), which includes temporary help employment. Government employment continued to trend down. The overall unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point, dropping from 9.0% to 8.6%.

“Serious job seekers should double down their search efforts right now,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “December is one of the best months for looking for a job for two reasons. First, many businesses start new budget years in January and a high number of January hires are interviewed in December. Second, there is less competition—many job seekers defer their jobs searches until after the holidays because they believe wrongly that employers take an end of the year pause in hiring.”

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 22,200 additional people (0.9%) from October to November. On a year-to-year basis, there were 7.3% more staffing employees in November compared with the same month in 2010.

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