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  • Thu, February 19, 2015 2:36 PM | FSA (Administrator)

    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

    1. Occupational therapists
    2. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer
    3. Psychiatrists
    4. Occupational therapy assistants
    5. Photographic process workers and processing machine operators
    6. Physical therapists
    7. Speech-language pathologists
    8. Forest and conservation technicians
    9. Internists, general
    10. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

    “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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    About the American Staffing Association

    The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

  • Thu, February 19, 2015 2:32 PM | FSA (Administrator)

    Staffing Employment Up 6.7% From a Year Ago

    Temporary help employment showed little change from December 2014 to January 2015 (-0.1%), and was 6.7% higher than in January 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% in 2014, compared with 4.9% in 2013, including the impact of the annual BLS benchmark process.

    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.

    For more information, visit the ASA newsroom. Interviews with ASA executives are available.

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    About the American Staffing Association

    The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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