Staffing companies in the U.S. employed an average of 3 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2013, up 4% from 2012.
That’s according to data released by the American Staffing Association, which found that, over the course of 2013, staffing firms hired a total of 11 million temporary and contract employees.
“Staffing and recruiting companies are employment experts, matching millions of people and their skills and lifestyle needs with millions of jobs every day,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Staffing firms provide temporary, contract, and permanent employment opportunities — at no cost for job seekers — in virtually all occupations across all sectors of the economy.”
Last year finished strong for the industry. Fourth-quarter figures showed that staffing industry payrolls averaged 3.2 million employees per week, up 3.8% from the third quarter and an increase of 6.1% over the fourth quarter of 2012.
Temporary and contract staffing sales for the year totaled $109.2 billion, up 4.3% over all of 2012. Fourth-quarter sales grew to $28.3 billion, 5.6% more than in the same quarter last year.
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Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.