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The improving employment landscape reignites the job hunt

Posted on March 7th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Decreasing unemployment rates and strong job growth are expected to encourage people to start looking for work again, especially temporary worker positions.

In February, the unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent and the private sector added 222,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jodi Chavez, senior vice president for Accounting Principles, a division of Adecco, told MarketWatch that of the new private sector jobs, 15,500 were temporary.

Since the end of the recession, temporary staffing has been increasing, and Chavez noted that this sector is becoming the new norm. Many employers determine whether workers are a good fit by bringing them on as temporary employees, and after several months, if they perform well, they receive full-time positions.
"Companies are increasingly looking to hire this way, a good opportunity for someone to get some experience and get some cash in the pocket," Andrew Steinerman, an analyst who covers the temporary staffing industry for JPMorgan, told the source.

John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm, said that now is the time for Americans to re-energize their job search efforts.  

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