The U.S. staffing industry has created more than 300,000 jobs since September 2009, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Business editors and reporters from around the nation have taken note—and many have sought information from ASA about temporary employment and the staffing industry.
ASA has tracked s 2,000 news articles about the staffing industry have been recorded so far this year. That is a 70% increase over the number logged by this time in 2009. The marked growth is due in large part to the staffing industry’s creation of more new private sector jobs than any other industry during the past several months.
“Temp jobs can offer real advantages—quick cash, news skills, and a foot in the door at a target company,” wrote Vicky Elmer in Bulletin Today, a publication of AARP, the largest association in the world, for its 40 million members. Elmer used ASA data to support that point. “A survey by the American Staffing Association found that more than three-quarters of temporary employees questioned said assignments are a good way to obtain a permanent positions.”
Reporters have even been advised by their peers to report on staffing. In a post on BusinessJournalism.org, reporter Melissa Preddy noted the newsworthiness of temporary employment as a “fresh angle” for employment stories. She cited ASA as a key resource on the topic: “Staffing firms said demand was up 19% in April compared to a year ago, according to a news release from the American Staffing Association. Many workers use temp jobs not just as a income stopgap but as skills-building opportunities and a networking strategy; consider a work–life package on how to work with a staffing firm and garner plum assignments.”
The Wall Street Journal, “Good Morning America,” the Los Angeles Times, and CNN are among the many news media that have cited ASA in recent reports.
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