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11/23/2009

Temp staffing in Fort Worth-Arlington ticking up, sort of...

Tempstaff Here's our print edition story from Saturday on Texas adding 41,700 jobs in October, but still seeing its jobless rate go up.

And here's more on the uptick in seasonal hiring. The story says temporary employment added jobs for the first time since July in Texas. It's way too early to call a trend, the Texas Workforce Commission reminds us.

In the Fort Worth-Arlington area, temporary employment added 200 jobs in October, compared to September. The segment typically loses jobs in October, said Vincent Lyons, a Workforce Commission labor market analyst.

Temporary employment now stands at 23,900 jobs in the Fort Worth-Arlington area, and has added 600 so far this year. But it's also bumped along. In September, it lost 100 jobs. The segment has shed 5,300 jobs since November 2006.

Lyons says the October increase was likely driven by companies looking for temps to meet demand, not by a seasonal anomaly.

But, he adds, "although this month is showing promising figures...it is not statistically significant without a trend of consecutive positive gains to recover the 5,300 jobs lost since November 2006."

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

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