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BLS: Staffing Employment Up 6.7% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment showed little change from December 2014 to January 2015 and was 6.7% higher last month than in January 2014, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth averaged 5.7% in 2014, compared with 4.9% in 2013 (including the effects of the annual BLS benchmark process).

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment decreased 7.4% from December 2014 to January 2015, better than the 15-year seasonal average decline of 8.4%. Year-to-year, there were 7.2% more staffing employees in January than in the same month last year.

“Staffing firms are reporting that favorable labor market trends continued in January across most sectors,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “The January jobs report confirms that the economy is growing, as are more and better employment opportunities for U.S. workers.”