The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent job report offers mixed news for the country's economic climate, but there is still plenty to feel good about, especially for those seeking employment through temp labor solutions.
Jobs in the month of August did not grow the way that some economists expected. However, the unemployment rate continued to shrink, providing a sense of optimism for those looking for jobs. Total nonfarm employment grew by 169,000 during the month, while unemployment is down by 7.3 percent.
The unemployment figure is particularly encouraging because in August of 2012 it sat at 8.1 percent. Payroll numbers are up from the previous month's report, which recorded expansion of 162,000 jobs, but as NPR explains, this number has since been revised to 104,000.
The White House feels that the report is a positive sign for the state of the economy. However, strong policy that continues to encourage job growth is necessary to keep employment statistics moving in a positive direction.
"Over the last four years, we've cleared away the rubble from the financial crisis and begun to lay a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth," said Jason Furman, a White House economic advisor. "With continued solid job gains, today's employment report is another sign of progress, but we must continue to pursue policies that move our economy forward and restore middle class security."
The White House notes that employment in the private sector has continued to grow for 42 months, marking almost three years of employment gains. Meanwhile, unemployment has reached lows not seen since December 2008.
For those still looking for work, alternatives to temporary staffing could provide the answer. Such solutions can provide on-site training that allows workers to develop skills necessary for their respective field. This gives business managers the freedom to oversee more important company processes - rather than focusing on the performance of their contingent workers.