Staffing Firms Add 17,000 Jobs in July
Temporary help employment increased 0.6% from June to July, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staffing employment was 1.9% higher than in July 2015. Over the past 12 months, BLS reported, year-to-year staffing job growth averaged 2.4%.
Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment decreased 1.2% from June to July, generally consistent with historic July employment patterns. However, year-to-year, there were 0.9% more staffing employees in July than in the same month last year.
Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 255,000 jobs in July (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for May and June, job gains averaged 190,000 per month over the past three months, slightly less than the average of 206,000 for the prior 12 months.
“Given current levels of political and economic uncertainty, businesses continue to add to their permanent and flexible workforces in cautious and very strategic ways,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “However, economic and employment indicators suggest slowed but continued growth—a sign of encouragement for job seekers.”
The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9%.
BLS also released preliminary June employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, decreased 1.3% from May. Search and placement jobs totaled 314,900 in June, 5.4% higher than in the same month last year.
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