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Bureau of Labor Statistics: Staffing Employment Surges in February

Temporary help employment grew robustly in February, adding nearly 27,000 jobs over the month, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staffing employment increased 0.9% from January to February and was 4.2% higher than in February 2017—the greatest year-to-year growth since July 2015.

“The strength of staffing employment growth reflects improving overall economic growth,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “While this is great news for job seekers, a top challenge facing employers across a growing number of sectors is attracting and retaining enough qualified talent to sustain current and future growth.”

The February unemployment rate remained at 4.1% for the fifth consecutive month.

– The American Staffing Association Newsletter, March 2018