The staffing industry added more than 25,000 jobs in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a 1% increase over the previous month and 10.7% more jobs than a year ago. BLS also increased its temporary help estimate for May from an initial 8.5% to 9.3% year-over-year.
According to the president and CEO of the American Staffing Association, Richard Wahlquist, while businesses continue to be cautious about hiring, job seekers have been successful at finding immediate employment, as well as opportunities for permanent placement, through staffing firms.
Nationally, the unemployment rate remained unchanged from May to June at 8.2%. Nonfarm employment continues to edge up, adding 80,000 jobs in June.
Industries that continue to see growth include professional and business services (which includes the temporary help classification), manufacturing, health care, and wholesale trade.
BLS also reported that search and placement firms saw an increase in May of 1.2%, totaling 286,500 for the month. In a year-to-year comparison, May search and placement employment was up 7.5% from the same month in 2011. BLS only provides nonseasonal data estimates for search and placement firms, and reports lag by one month.