Staffing Jobs Hold Steady in August

Alexandria, Va. — Sept. 7

Seasonally adjusted employment data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that staffing industry jobs eased by 4,900 from July to August. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment for the month was 8.9 percent higher than in August 2011.

Non-seasonally adjusted data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that the staffing industry added 49,000 jobs — up 2 percent — from July to August. On a year-to-year basis, there were 9 percent more staffing employees in August compared with the same month in 2011.

Overall U.S. nonfarm job growth slowed in August as the economy added 96,000 jobs over the month — down from the 141,000 jobs added in July and considerably lower than the 120,000 jobs many economists were predicting.

Since January, employment growth has averaged 139,000 per month, compared with the average monthly gain of 153,000 the economy experienced last year. In August, most of the employment growth was driven by new job creation in food services and drinking places, professional and technical services, and health care.

Source: The American Staffing Association