January Staffing Up 7.1% From a Year Ago
Seasonally adjusted employment data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the staffing industry added 20,100 new jobs (up 0.8%) from December to January. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment for the month was 7.1% higher than in January 2011.
Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that the staffing industry shed 236,400 jobs (down 9.4%) from December to January. On a year-to-year basis, there were 7.8% more staffing employees in January compared with the same month in 2011. A decline in in staffing employment is normal for this time of year; from 2000 to 2010, the decline in staffing employment from December to January averaged 8.5%.
“Job seekers should be encouraged that 2012 is starting out on a bright note,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “As the economy continues to mend, staffing and recruiting firms report that they expect businesses across virtually all sectors of the economy to continue strategically expanding their temporary and permanent work forces.”
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