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Staffing Firms Add 16,000 Jobs in April

Staffing firms created 16,100 new jobs in April, up 0.6% from March and 5.5% from April 2014, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth averaged 5.8% over the past 12 months.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 2.1% from March to April. Year-to-year, there were 6.0% more staffing employees in April than in the same month last year.

“Heading into the beginning of the second quarter, staffing and recruiting firms are reporting increases in orders to fill temporary and permanent positions across much of the economy,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “Labor markets continue to tighten in several sectors, most notably in health care, where demand is outpacing the supply of available nurses, therapists, physicians, and physician assistants.”

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 223,000 jobs in April (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for February and March, the data showed that monthly job gains averaged 191,000 over the past three months, significantly less than the average of 257,000 for the prior 12 months.

The unemployment rate ticked down slightly to 5.4% in April—down 0.1 percentage points from March and down 0.8 percentage points from a year ago.

Job Cuts Surge to Three-Year High

Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. News Release (05/07/15)

Falling oil prices contributed to a 68% surge in job cuts in April, as employers announced workforce reductions totaling 61,582 for the month, up from 36,594 in March, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Year to date, employers have announced 201,796 job cuts, a 25% increase from the 161,639 layoffs tracked in the first four months of 2014.

Driving the increased pace of job cutting in April and for the year is the dramatic decline in oil prices, which is forcing producers and suppliers to cut production. Of the 61,582 job cuts announced last month, 34% were directly attributed to oil prices. Of the 201,796 job cuts announced this year, 34% were attributed to oil prices.

Nationwide Job Openings Increased 2.89% in April

Business Wire (05/06/2015)

U.S. job listings rose 2.89% month-to-month in April, up from month-to-month increases of 1.38% in March and 2.47% in February, according to Simply Hired’s April 2015 U.S. Employment Outlook. Twenty-four of the Top 25 major metro areas saw an increase in job listings, and there were nearly 20% more full-time permanent entry-level positions available than the same time last year. About 5% of all job listings were targeted at new college graduates, with the most openings for nonretail sales representatives, marketing specialists, and customer service representatives. Pittsburgh and the Seattle and Tacoma, WA, area experienced the largest month-to-month gains at 5.27% and 4.94%, respectively.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending May 3.

HighView Healthcare Partners LLC

Buffalo, NY

HMG Plus

New York, NY

Lawrence Harvey Inc.

New Castle, DE

MasterStaff Inc.

Smyrna, TN

TempWork Staffing Solution Inc.

Flushing, NY

Is your firm interested in joining ASA? Contact the membership department at 703-253-2020 or

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