Staffing employment at historic high

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Job hunters might want to sign up with a local staffing company if they want to increase the chances they’ll get hired.

September showed the highest year-over-year staffing employment growth since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking staffing in 1991, according to Friday’s American Staffing Association report.

Placements through staffing companies rose 0.8 percent from August and was 23.4 percent higher than last September.

Staffing and recruiting firms continue to report job openings across virtually every sector

“For job seekers competing against millions of other unemployed Americans, one strategy should be to contact local staffing firms for free employment counseling and to find out what types of jobs are available in their area,” said ASA President and CEO Richard Wahlquist.

On a year-to-year basis, there were 19.5 percent more workers employed this September compared with the same month last year.

The ASA’s September report did not include a 95,000 non-farm payroll employment job loss total reported for the month. Many of those workers were hired directly to work on the 2010 Census as government employees and were not included in the temporary help industry employment count.