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Temp staffing hiring up for 11th consecutive quarter

The national unemployment rate is falling, and few statistics tell the story better than in what’s happening in the temporary staffing world.

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.95 million temporary and contract workers per business day during the third quarter of 2012, according to data from the American Staffing Association.

From July through September, the number of temporary and contract workers employed by U.S. staffing firms on an average business day was 4.3 percent higher compared with the third quarter of 2011.

That is the 11th consecutive quarter of year-to-year staffing industry job growth since the recession ended mid-2009.

Temporary and contract staffing sales in the third quarter totaled $26.63 billion and were 5.9 percent higher year-to-year.

One especially bright spot is retail. Employers in the wholesale and retail sector anticipate adding jobs in the first quarter, a period when companies usually cut back following the holiday season.

About the Author


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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