The Florida Staffing Association
Staffing firms created 11,400 new jobs in March, up 0.4% from February and 5.3% from March 2014, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth averaged 5.7% over the past 12 months.
Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.5% from February to March. Year-to-year, there were 5.4% more staffing employees in March than in the same month last year.
Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 126,000 jobs in March (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for January and February, the data showed that monthly job gains averaged 197,000 over the past three months, significantly less than the average of 269,000 for the prior 12 months.
The unemployment rate held at 5.5% in March—down 1.1 percentage points from a year ago.
“Businesses continue to be very strategic about increasing the size of their permanent and flexible workforces,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “Job seekers need to ensure that their résumés clearly reflect their skills and experience in a way that is most relevant to today’s employment market.”
BLS also released preliminary February employment data for search and placement services, which increased 0.9% from January, seasonally adjusted. Search and placement jobs totaled 313,400 in February, 9.4% higher than in the same month last year.
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U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.2 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2014, up 5.4% from 2013, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association.
“Staffing and recruiting firms are playing an extremely important role in helping millions of Americans in flexible work situations achieve their goal of bridging to permanent employment,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “The staffing industry hired 14.6 million people during all of 2014. Most transitioned quickly to permanent jobs as businesses increased the size of their talent pools. The average length of employment with a staffing firm was 11.3 weeks in 2014, down from 14.3 weeks in 2013.”
In the fourth quarter of 2014, average weekly staffing industry employment grew by 137,100 workers—4.2% more than in the third quarter.
Temporary and contract staffing sales were 7.9% higher in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the same period the prior year, totaling $30.54 billion. Fourth quarter sales were 3.7% higher than in the third quarter of 2014. For the full year, sales were up 5.7% over the prior year.
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The American Staffing Association’s Skills Gap Index identified 167 hard-to-fill occupations in the U.S. for the 12 months ended December 2014, with the 10 most difficult being
“The ASA Skills Gap Index identifies areas of focus for use in the development of strategies to address the skills shortage in America,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “These data are an important resource for staffing firms as they partner with clients to source qualified talent and implement effective workforce solutions strategies.”
The skills gap index was established by ASA, using the hiring indicator developed by ASA corporate partner CareerBuilder. It measures the level of difficulty (on a scale of one to 100) to recruit for a specific occupation based on demand, supply of active candidates, and total population working in it. The ASA Skills Gap Index concentrates on hiring indicator scores of 50 or less for hard-to-fill occupations, with a demand of 2,000 jobs or more. ASA will update the skills gap index quarterly.
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Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment decreased 7.4% from December 2014 to January 2015, better than the 15-year seasonal average decline of 8.4%. Year-to-year, there were 7.2% more staffing employees in January than in the same month last year.
“Staffing firms are reporting that favorable labor market trends continued in January across most sectors”, said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “The January jobs report confirms that the economy is growing, as are more and better employment opportunities for U.S. workers.”
Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 257,000 jobs in January (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for November and December, monthly job gains averaged 336,000 over the past three months. In 2014, job growth averaged 260,000 per month.
The unemployment rate was relatively unchanged in January at 5.7%, up from 5.6% in December.
BLS also released preliminary December employment data for search and placement services. Seasonally adjusted, employment increased 0.4% from November to December, totaling 314,600, and was 11.0% higher than in December 2013.
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