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Staffing Industry Trends – March 2019

March 8, 2019

Stay updated on the latest staffing industry trends through our monthly staffing update and on our staffing industry news page.

Staffing Industry Trends – The Numbers

Staffing Jobs

The American Staffing Association’s Staffing Index for the four weeks ending February 24th is showing an index of 93. Staffing jobs decreased 1.1% year to year, compared to the same four weeks in 2018. Staffing industry professionals point to severe winter weather in many parts of the country as having a negative effect on staffing job growth.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the number of temporary held jobs in January increased 2.7% seasonally adjusted as compared to January 2018. The BLS reported temporary help employment was 2.03% of total nonfarm employment in January.

Source: American Staffing Association 

Unemployment Rate

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate in January rose .1 percentage points to 4.0%. The Federal government shutdown is cited as the leading cause of the increase as over 175,000 people reported being temporarily laid off. January 2018 unemployment rate was 4.1%.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 

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