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BLS: Staffing Employment Continues to Trend Up in May

“Employment in temporary help services continued to trend up (+14,000) and has grown by 224,000 over the past year,” according to Erica L. Groshen, commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, commenting on the monthly jobs report released today. Seasonally adjusted staffing employment was up 0.5% over April and 8.5% over May of last year. Since December, BLS has continued to measure temporary help job growth at about 9% year-to-year, the strongest sustained pace since August 2012.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that staffing employment increased by 63,700 in May (up 2.3% from April). On a year-to-year basis, there were 8.6% more staffing employees in May than in the same month last year.

“Even with the continued slow pace of economic recovery, demand for temporary and contract workers continues to increase across most sectors,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “This is positive for job seekers looking for employment flexibility or a bridge to a permanent job.”

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 217,000 jobs in May, BLS reported. Monthly job gains averaged 197,000 in the prior 12 months. The May unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3%.

TeamHealth Merges With the Operations of Physician Services of Cleveland LLC

TeamHealth Holdings News Release (06/05/14)

TeamHealth Holdings has announced a merger with the operations of Cleveland, TN-based Physician Services of Cleveland LLC. Physician Services of Cleveland manages and staffs the hospital emergency department for SkyRidge Medical Center, which provides emergency care for approximately 52,000 patients annually. TeamHealth began providing services for the hospital’s emergency department on June 1.

Vaco Acquires Stake in Focus Search Partners

Nashville Business Journal (06/05/14) Eric Snyder

Nashville, TN-based consulting and strategic talent acquisition firm Vaco has acquired a 50% stake in executive search firm Focus Search Partners, also of Nashville. Focus Search Partners will operate as Focus Search Partners, a Vaco Co.

Productivity and Costs: First Quarter 2014, Revised

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (06/04/14)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that during the first quarter of 2014, nonfarm business sector labor productivity fell at an annual rate of 3.2%, hours worked increased 2.2%, and output dropped 1.1%. This marks the biggest decline in productivity since the 2008 first quarter. Unit labor costs in nonfarm businesses increased 5.7% in the first quarter of 2014, due to the decline in productivity and to a 2.3% increase in hourly compensation. Unit labor costs increased 1.2% over the past four quarters. BLS defines unit labor costs as the ratio of hourly compensation to labor productivity; increases in hourly compensation tend to increase labor costs, and increases in output per hour tend to reduce them.

Job Cuts in May Reach Highest Level in More than a Year

Reuters (06/05/14)

Job cuts in May rose to the highest level in more than a year, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Companies said they plan to cut 52,961 jobs, up 31% from April and the biggest one-month total since February 2013, when 55,356 job cuts were announced. The technology sector is facing the most job cuts—18,799—the highest number in two years. Most of the technology job cuts in May came from Hewlett-Packard Co.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week of May 26.

GLC Group
Weston, FL

nTech Solutions Inc.
Columbia, MD

Providential Enterprise
Bridgeton, NJ

Strategic Staffing / StrategyStaff
Sparta, NJ