The state with the biggest percentage jump in staffing industry employment last month was Kentucky, according to data released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that was not seasonally adjusted.
Jobs in the “employment services industry” rose 19.7 percent year-over-year to 58,900 in August.
The employment services industry includes employment placement agencies, temporary help services, executive search services and professional employer organizations. However, the “temporary help services” category typically represents the lion’s share of workers.
Maryland ranked No. 2, with the number of “employment services industry” jobs rising by 15.4 percent to 48,000.
On the other side, Rhode Island recorded the biggest percentage decrease in “employment services industry” with a decline of 7.1 percent to 7,800 jobs.
Data was available for only 35 states and the District of Columbia.
California posted the biggest increase in terms of total number of staffing jobs, adding 27,600 “employment services industry” jobs in August from the same month last year. California also ranked as the state with the most staffing jobs overall with 374,100 people employed in the industry.
The number of jobs in the “temporary help services” category, a subset of the “employment services industry” was reported only by Michigan and New York.
Michigan recorded 102,200 “temporary help services” jobs in August, up 10.5 percent year-over-year. New York posted 106,500 jobs in the sector, up 18.3 percent year-over-year.
See the chart below for information by state.