Staffing jobs continue growth trend

The nation’s staffing firms employed an average of 2.86 million temporary and contract workers per day in the first quarter of 2013, up 2.9 percent from the same period last year, according to the latest American Staffing Association data.

It was the 13th consecutive quarter of year-to-year staffing job growth since the recession ended in 2009.

“Temporary and contract employment is a good indicator of where the economy is today,” Richard Wahlquist, the president and CEO of the association, said. “Most staffing firms expect to see slow but steady growth in the months ahead.”

Comparing the first quarter to the fourth, staffing jobs declined by 148,000 workers (down 4.9 percent) — a seasonal employment pattern that is typical of this time of year.

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $25.88 billion in the first quarter of 2013, 3.4 percent higher than in the same period of 2012. First-quarter sales were $924 million dollars lower than in the fourth quarter of 2012, down 3.4%.

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Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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