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What lasting high unemployment means for the staffing industry

Posted on September 24th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Unemployment and underemployment are still very high in comparison to pre-recession levels, according to Staffing Industry Analysts. This has implications for the staffing industry. An unusually broad pool of applicants for every position may mean it is possible for recruiters and hiring managers to source outstanding talent every time after working to sort through all the resumes they receive. This in turn can show clients how worthwhile it is to use a staffing service, driving more business and creating the opportunity to place more talent.

Staffing firms should also understand they are in an ideal position to publicize their efforts in a positive light. In a still-recovering economy where employment gains remain sluggish, consistently providing jobs to many people is a social good. Placing top talent in positions for which they are a great fit can even stimulate more opportunities for work with such a client or those to whom they recommend staffing services. Though media attention paid to temporary workers is often negative, staffing firms should not miss the opportunity to demonstrate how they can help the under-employed and jobless.

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