Staffing Employment Increases in April

Alexandria, Va. — May 4

Seasonally adjusted employment data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that staffing industry employment increased in April, adding 21,100 jobs — up 0.9 percent from March to April. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment for the month was 8.7 percent higher than in April 2011.

U.S. nonfarm payroll employment in April rose by 115,000, a significantly lower rate of job creation than the 252,000 monthly average noted from December 2011 through February 2012.

In April, most of the employment growth was driven by new job creation in professional and business services, retail trade, health care and manufacturing. Declines were noted in transportation and warehousing.

Non-seasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that the staffing industry added 47,900 jobs, up 2 percent March to April. On a year-to-year basis, there were 8.2 percent more staffing employees in April than in the same month of 2011.

BLS also provides employment estimates for search and placement firms, but those are non-seasonal only, and reports lag one month.

On Friday, BLS reported that search and placement employment in March was up 1.7 percent from February, totaling 277,100 for the month. In a year-to-year comparison, March employment was up 7.5 percent from the same month in 2011.

Source: the American Staffing Association