When temporary work increases, it is typically a harbinger of a recovering economy.

However, according to Bloomberg, recruiting agencies across the country are beginning to see positive changes in their rates as well.

For example, Menlo Park, California-based Robert Half International, which specializes in finance and legal work, increased pricing by 2.4 percent in the first quarter from the prior year, while San Diego-based AMN Healthcare Services increased its rates twice as many times in the first four months of 2011 than it did in the first six months of 2010.

"We're seeing higher pay rates in every single division sequentially," Keith Waddell, Robert Half chief financial officer, tells the news source. "This is one of the precursors of good things to come in staffing."

In many parts of the country, the message remains the same, however. "Although the economy is picking up, our clients are a little hesitant right now to fully staff their companies," Derrick Hart, general manager of Staff Right Inc., told Business Journal Daily at a career fair in Austinville, Ohio. 

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