December Staffing Up 4.4% From a Year Ago
Seasonally adjusted employment data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that staffing employment fell slightly (down 0.3%) from November to December. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment for December was 4.4% higher than in 2010.
Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that staffing industry employment was down 0.9% from November to December, better than the 15 year average decrease of 1.3%. On a year-to-year basis, there were 4.2% more staffing employees in December compared with the same month in 2010.
“Staffing firms added about 100,000 new jobs to the economy in 2011 and indicators remain positive for the year ahead,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “ASA members report continued demand for temporary and permanent positions across most sectors.”
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