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Temporary Help Continues to Lead

Temporary Help Continues to Lead Private Sector Job Growth in April, Reports BLS
U.S. Staffing Firms Provide Flexible Work Force for Companies and New Jobs for American Workers

Temporary help firms continued to add jobs in April, according to the most recent employment data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Temporary help services employment rose by 26,200 additional jobs (2.0%), seasonally adjusted, from March to April.

BLS commissioner Keith Hall, in his statement to Congress, noted that temporary help services led job growth in the professional and business services sector and has added 330,000 new jobs since September. The U.S. staffing industry has created more new private sector jobs than any other.
"We are very encouraged about the strengthening of overall job growth," says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. "But businesses remain cautious about adding too many permanent workers too soon. A growing number are turning to staffing firms for flexible work force solutions as the economy continues to recover. This is good news, because it means more jobs for American workers."

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicate that temporary help employment rose by 3.6% from March to April. On a year-to-year basis, there were 14.6% more staffing jobs in April 2010 compared with the same month last year. The ASA Staffing Index, which is also not seasonally adjusted and therefore is comparable to the nonadjusted employment figures reported by BLS, showed an increase of almost 4% from March to April and year-to-year job growth of 19%.


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