Temp hiring bolsters overall job report

The staffing industry showed a 1.5 percent hiring increase for the month of June, adding 21,000 employees to payrolls.

Staffing employment led private sector job growth in June, according to the latest data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From May to June, the private sector added 83,000 new jobs, a quarter of which were in the staffing industry.

BLS commissioner Keith Hall, in his statement to Congress, highlighted the continued employment growth in the staffing industry, noting the addition of 379,000 new jobs since September 2009.

“U.S. staffing firms offer immediate employment opportunities for millions of Americans. Many jobs that start out as temporary assignments will turn permanent as businesses gain confidence in the economic recovery,” said Richard Wahlquist, CEO of the American Staffing Association

Staffing employment rose by 1.4 percent from May to June, based on nonseasonally adjusted BLS data and an estimate of the actual number of jobs in the economy.

Even better, on a year-over-year basis, there were 19.4 percent more staffing jobs in June 2010 compared with the same month last year.

The ASA Staffing Index also showed an increase of about 1 percent from May to June and year-to-year job growth of 25 percent.