Temps Represent Chunk of Job Gains in June

Posted: July, 19, 2012 | Categories: Job Market Updates

The 'temporary help services'? industry added 25,200 jobs in June, representing almost a third of the 80,000 total nonfarm jobs added by the U.S. in June, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Revised numbers for May show that the temp help industry added 17,500 jobs that month instead of the 9,200 gain initially reported by the bureau.


Overall, temporary help employment totaled approximately 2.53 million in June, representing an increase of 245,400 jobs, or a gain of 10.7 percent, on a year-overyear basis. The percent of temporary employment to total employment '” the temporary help penetration rate '” edged up to 1.90 percent in June from 1.89 percent in May However, employment rose by just 22,500 jobs during June in the 'employment services'? industry '” which includes temporary employment as well as employment placement agencies, executive search services and professional employer organizations '” for total employment of approximately 3.19 million. Total nonfarm jobs in the U.S. rose by 80,000 in June to almost 133.1 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the bureau. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent in June from May. The seasonally adjusted college level unemployment rate, which can serve as a proxy for professional employment, rose to 4.1 percent in June from 3.9 percent in May.

By JoAnne Williams
Founder, President and CEO

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