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April 2015 Labor Statistics Highlights

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The US unemployment rate is down to 5.4 percent, which is the lowest unemployment rate the economy has seen in the last 7 years.

The competition for talent is intensifying and the management of a diverse workforce is becoming increasingly complex. That is why companies rely on Eastridge Workforce Solutions to deliver technology-enabled workforce solutions to help companies recruit, retain and manage exceptional talent with ease.

We are pleased to share the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics employment information in an effort to help companies utilize this data and trends in workforce planning.

April 2015 Employment Update

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) April labor report showed employment increased by 223,000, compared to the past 3 months, where job gains averaged about 191,000 per month. Additionally, the US added 16,100 more temporary jobs in April than March. Employment increased in professional and business services, healthcare & construction.

April 2015 Employment Report

Trends

Employment increased in several key sectors, below are the highlights:

  • Professional and Business Services

    Professional and business services added 62,000 jobs in April. Employment continued to trend up in April in computer systems design and related services (+9,000), in business support services (+7,000) and in management and technical consulting services (+6,000).

  • Healthcare

    Healthcare employment increased by 45,000 jobs in April. Jason Bruckman, Vice President of Workforce Recruitment in Las Vegas shared that although Las Vegas still has the highest unemployment rate across the nation at 7.2%, over the past few months there has been an uptick in healthcare positions in the Las Vegas market. Jason further elaborated that, “The trend in Las Vegas is a result of the Affordable Care Act and since there are more patients, healthcare organizations are hiring qualified professionals who share a common passion for improving the delivery of patient care.”

  • Construction

    Construction to see continual growth over the next couple of months and competition for a qualified workforce will intensify. Dion Trieb, Vice President of Eastridge Workforce Solution’s Construction Division commented: “The first quarter was slower than expected and there was not a lot of hiring, which was heavily impacted by the weather. Now the faucet is starting to trickle and we’re seeing companies starting to rehire and bid at a ferocious pace. Our offices are seeing an increase in employment, which mirrors the statistics in April’s BLS report. Over the next few months, I expect the markets that have been lagging are going to see positive indicators of growth as well, such as Phoenix.”

Do you plan to attract talent to your organization in 2015? Eastridge Workforce Solutions helps companies manage their internal resources more efficiently. We can enable your company to win the fierce competition for talent through our specialty staffing divisions.

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