Temporary Staffing Booming

Southwest Staffing is an employment agency providing temporary staffing solutions / services, direct and temp to hire; headquartered in El Paso, Texas.

The temporary staffing business has been booming, far outpacing the slow increase in permanent jobs.

The U.S. has more temp workers than ever, 2.7 million, the Labor Department reported in June.

The American Staffing Association says it’s even larger. One out of 10 workers get jobs through temporary-staffing agencies every year.

Most of the increase in temp work is in blue-collar jobs such as work in factories and warehouses.

U.S. staffing companies 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 American Staffing Association. The January through March period marked 13 consecutive quarters of year-to-year staffing job growth since the recession ended in 2009.

Many economists say temp work will continue increasing as companies use temps to avoid paying for health insurance.

Obamacare, which will require businesses with over 50 employees to offer health insurance to full-time employees starting next year, will be a boon for the temp staffing industry, Time magazine reported. Increasing stock values of temp firms reflect that benefit.

The agencies, Time reported, can also market themselves as labor and legal experts to small- and medium-size businesses.

The weak economy, with its high unemployment rate, is their main advantage, Susan Houseman, an economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute, told Time.
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