Since 2009, the U.S. has added over 5.7 million jobs. According to new data from EMSI, 15 percent of those jobs were in the temporary help services industry, making it the fastest-growing industry since the recession. The finding is even more remarkable, considering the industry makes up a mere 2 percent of the nation’s workforce.
Temporary Job Growth by Metro Area
When looking at individual metropolitan areas, the share of job growth is even larger. In Cincinnati, temp employment accounts for more than 65 percent of new jobs added, followed by 51 percent in Milwaukee, 46 percent in Kansas City and 40 percent in Chicago and Philadelphia.
Ironically, the metropolitan areas that have performed best since the recession – such as Houston, Washington, D.C. and San Jose – saw the least amount of job growth in temporary help services.
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