Staffing Employment Remains Stable in May

Staffing employment remained relatively unchanged from last month, adding 9,200 jobs, according to seasonally adjusted employment data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a 0.4% increase from April to May. In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment for May 2012 was 8.5% higher than the same month last year.

Nationally, nonfarm employment also showed little growth, increasing by 69,000 jobs from April to May, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2%. During the first three months of 2012, the average rate of monthly job creation was 226,000; by contrast, the monthly average for April and May was 73,000.

BLS also reported that search and placement employment in April 2012 was up 2.3% from March 2012, totaling 283,300 for the month. In a year-to-year comparison, search and placement employment was up 7.1% from the same month in 2011. BLS only provides nonseasonal data estimates for search and placement firms, and reports lag by one month.

In May, employment increased in health care, transportation and warehousing, and wholesale trade but declined in construction.