Temporary help employment edged up 0.3% from March to April, and was 3.9% higher than in April 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.8% per month in the first four months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% for all of 2017, as reported by BLS earlier this year following a series of downward adjustments.
Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.4% from March to April. Year to year, there were 3.8% more staffing employees in April than in the same month last year.
After a six-month streak of remaining unchanged at 4.1%, the April unemployment rate edged down to 3.9% for the first time since April 2000—right around the time of the dot-com hiring boom.
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