U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (09/04/20)

Temporary help employment increased 4.5% (+106,700 jobs) from July to August, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Note: initial BLS estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be materially revised monthly and annually, according to an ASA analysis of BLS data).

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.4 million in August, BLS reported. Notable job gains occurred in retail trade, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and education and health services. The unemployment rate was 8.4%, better than the 10.2% reported in July. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it. In August, an increase in government employment largely reflected temporary hiring for the 2020 U.S. Census. The number of unemployed persons declined by 2.8 million to 13.6 million in August.

Get more details, including data about the temporary help penetration rate, at americanstaffing.net.

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