The Changing Face of Temporary Employment
New York Times (08/31/14) Steven Greenhouse
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of workers employed through staffing firms has hit a new high of 2.87 million, accounting for about 2% of the nation’s workforce. Despite being five years into the economic recovery, employers continue adding temporary jobs instead of permanent positions. According to Steven Berchem, the American Staffing Association’s chief operating officer, “This is a reflection of business uncertainty, that businesses need to be more responsive, and part of that is keeping their workforce flexible.”
Berchem notes that while staffing employment has increased, “We still account for only 2% of the workforce.” Meanwhile, Berchem stresses that worker safety is a priority for staffing firms. Moreover, he cites an ASA survey indicating that 90% of temporary workers say temporary work makes them more employable, and 49% say it helped them get their foot in the door for a permanent job.
Stability in Consumer Sentiment Aids Economy
Thomson Reuters and University of Michigan (08/29/14)
The Thomson Reuters and University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index was 82.5 in August, up from 81.8 in July and slightly above last August’s reading of 82.1. Over the past nine months, the index has remained largely unchanged, in the narrow range between 80.0 and 82.5. The renewed strength in the past year was focused on the Current Conditions Index, which rose 4.8%, while the Expectations Index fell by 3.3%.
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