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BLS: Staffing Job Growth Strengthens in June

Up 4.7% From a Year Ago, Best Pace in Two Years

Temporary help employment grew 0.4% from May to June, and was 4.7% higher than in June 2016, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 4.0% per month in the first six months of 2017, significantly higher than the average of 1.4% for full-year 2016, and the best pace of growth for the first half of the year since 2015.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.3% from May to June. Year-to-year, there were 4.7% more staffing employees in June than in the same month last year.

“Staffing companies are reporting steady demand across most sectors as businesses continue to increase the size of their flexible and permanent workforces,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “Hiring activity remains healthy in the industry, with an increasing number of businesses identifying the shortage of qualified candidates as a constraint to further staffing job growth.”

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 222,000 jobs in June (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for April and May, job gains averaged 194,000 per month over the past three months, essentially equal to the average of 193,000 for the prior 12 months.

The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4% in June.

BLS also released preliminary May employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, grew 0.3% from April. Search and placement jobs totaled 294,200 in May, 0.4% lower than in the same month last year.

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