Staffing Employment Trends – June 2011

Staffing Industry Analysts presented the June Staffing Industry Report Webinar on June 7, 2011. The month of May saw little growth in terms of jobs added to the workforce and overall unemployment rate. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.1%, with the number of long-term unemployed (those people who have been jobless for over 27 weeks) increasing by 45.1%.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall private sector job growth was positive, adding 83,000 jobs in May. However, that number was significantly less than the average for the previous three months – 244,000 jobs. Manufacturing jobs decreased by 5,000 in May, but overall changed very little. Job gains during May mainly occurred in professional and business services, health care, and mining. Local government continued to trend down, and employment in other major industries did not see significant changes over the month of May.

The average work week of employees remained the same in May, showing that the difference between full-time and part-time workers changed little. While the overall outlook remains positive, slow growth coupled with a stubborn unemployment rate has experts concerned that the economic recovery may be stalling.