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American companies expect to bump up temporary hiring in 2012, CareerBuilder says

American companies expect to increase their temporary hiring in 2012, CareerBuilder said Thursday in a survey.

Thirty-six percent of companies will hire contract or temporary workers in 2012, up from 34 percent in 2011, 30 percent in 2010, and 28 percent in 2009, CareerBuilder said.

Of companies hiring temporary or contract workers this year, 35 percent plan to hire them on a permanent basis, the survey said.

Twenty seven percent of companies expect to hire temporary or contract workers in the first quarter, the survey said.

"Our studies have pointed to a rise in these positions post-recession as companies address growing market needs," Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder's staffing and recruiting group, said. "Employers are relying on temporary and contract workers to support leaner staffs, and in many cases, will transition those workers to permanent roles."

Staffing and recruiting positions currently in demand:

Health care: Occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologist.

Information technology: Java and .net developers, network engineer.

Office-clerical: Administrative assistant, customer service rep.

Professional-managerial: Business analyst, marketing assistant.

CareerBuilder also said last week in a different survey that 23 percent of employers surveyed planned to hire fulltime permanent employees in 2012, relatively unchanged from 24 percent for 2011 and up from 20 percent for 2010. Seven percent expected to decrease headcount, the same as for 2011 and an improvement from 9 percent in 2010.

- Scott Nishimura


Texas gains half as many jobs in January as thought

Texas gained half as many jobs in January as reported last week, the Texas Workforce Commission said Tuesday, citing technical problems with the transfer of data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The state actually gained 14,800 jobs in January, not the 30,300 reported on Friday, the Workforce Commission said.


The biggest difference between the revised numbers and the set announced last week was in professional and business services, which includes a large amount of temporary hiring. That segment added 4,200 jobs in January, not the 20,900 reported last week, the Workforce Commission said.


“It’s a whole different set of data than what they sent us on Friday,” Ann Hatchitt, a Workforce Commission spokeswoman, said.


The Texas jobless rate remained 8.2 percent in January, the same as for December. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2009 was 6.4 percent.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics and Workforce Commission also last week released an annual batch of revised data showing Texas lost 78,000 more jobs in 2009 than estimated earlier.


Here's an industry breakdown on what happened with Texas jobs in January.


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


Texas jobs by industry: 2009

Here's a look at where Texas lost and gained jobs in 2009, under revised seasonally-adjusted federal Bureau of Labor Statistics-Texas Workforce Commission stats released today:

Construction: 554,000 jobs, December 2009, down from 661,600 in December 2008

Mining and logging: 199,200, dowm from 234,000

Manufacturing: 812,500, down from 903,600

Trade, transportation and utilities: 2,043,800, down from 2,120,500

Retail trade: 1,136,100, down from 1,161,100

Information: 200,700, down from 213,500

Financial activities: 626,200, down from 641,400

Real estate and rental and leasing: 172,700, down from 182,400

Professional and business services: 1,223,200, down from 1,316,800

Education and health services: 1,361,200, up from 1,307,000

Leisure and hospitality: 1,001,600, down from 1,012,100

Other services: 356,000, down from 364,500

Government: 1,839,900, up from 1,798,100

For more information, visit the Texas Workforce Commission's labor market information site.

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


What the Dallas Fed has to say about the Texas economy...

Awaiting today's release of Texas and Fort Worth-Arlington unemployment figures. Here's some of what the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas had to say yesterday about the Dallas District labor market in its periodic Beige Book survey of regional economic conditions:

Employment: "Most respondents noted steady employment levels. Still, there were scattered reports of layoffs at selected retail, high-tech, emergency vehicle, and construction-related manufacturing firms. On a positive note, staff firms continued to report increased hiring activity. In addition, there were reports of an uptick in staff levels at some energy service, food, high-tech, and transportation manufacturing firms."

Wages: "Wage pressures were non-existent. A few firms reported they either had already given, or planned on giving small pay increases to employees this year. In contrast, real estate contacts noted that people were taking jobs at reduced salaries."

Staffing: "Staffing firms report continued improvement in demand. Orders are streaming in at a solid pace and billable hours are up. Demand is still largely for contract work, but direct hire placements have recently picked up from low levels. Staffing industry contacts were more upbeat in their outlook compared with the previous reporting period."

The Dallas District represents Texas and parts of other states.

To read the full Beige Book, click here to go to the Dallas Fed site.

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


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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