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The American Staffing Association’s Staffing Index for the four weeks ending August 26 is showing an index of 100. Staffing jobs increased 3.7 percent year-to-year, compared to the same four weeks in 2017. The ASA is also reporting temporary and contract staffing employment was 3.9 percent higher than the same week one year ago.
Source: American Staffing Association
The Bureau of Labor Statistics employment situation report for August shows total non-farm payroll employment increased by 201,000, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
ADP’s national employment reports show private sector employment increased by 163,000 jobs in August. ADP says that midsize businesses continue to be the area of growth, adding nearly 70 percent of all jobs in August. The report shows large job increases in education, healthcare services, business and professional services, as well as trade and transportation.
Source: ADP Research Institute
Small business plans to create new jobs and job openings hit a 45-year high in August, but owners still struggled to fill their open positions, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses monthly jobs report. After posting significant gains in filling open positions in July, it slowed slightly in August, perhaps due to fewer qualified applicants.
An NFIB survey of business owners showed 38 percent had job openings they could not fill in the current period. The most frequent job openings are in construction, manufacturing, and wholesale trades. A record 25 percent of owners cited the difficulty of finding qualified workers as their Single Most Important Business Problem.
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