AT A GLANCE

  • Temp employment passed its pre-recession peak in 2013, and is expected to encompass over 3 million jobs by 2017
  • From 2013 to 2018, 18 of the country’s 50 most populous metropolitan areas are anticipated to surpass the national growth rate of 20% for temporary help services
  • Raleigh, North Carolina is the fastest growing metro city for temp workers with a 43% projected growth rate through 2018

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The temporary help services industry suffered greatly during the recession, losing almost 750,000 jobs from 2007 to 2009. However, staffing agencies have recovered over the past few years. Temp employment passed its pre-recession peak in 2013, and is expected to encompass over 3 million jobs by 2017.

Temp Employment, During and Post-Recession

Temp Employment, During and Post-Recession

Source: CareerBuilder & EMSI

In some of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, the revival of the temp industry has been even higher than that of the overall national recovery. From 2013 to 2018, eighteen of the country’s fifty most populous metropolitan areas are anticipated to surpass the national growth rate of 20 percent for temporary help services.

CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) identified the fastest-growing occupations inside the staffing industry for the top metros expected to grow the fastest through 2018.

1.Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh has a 43 percent projected growth rate through 2018. In this metro area, a 50 percent growth rate is anticipated for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.

2.Kansas City, Missouri
Temp employment in Kansas City is expected to grow by 33 percent. Sales representatives are expected to have the highest growth rate at 36 percent.

3.Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana
A growth rate of 32 percent is expected by 2018. Construction laborers will see the largest growth at 39 percent, followed by computer systems analyst at 37 percent.

4.Memphis, Tennessee and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
Both Memphis and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford are expected to have a growth of 30 percent through 2018. In Memphis, sales representative occupations are expected to grow by 40 percent, while in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, machinists are projected to have a 37 percent growth rate.

5. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington; Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, California, and Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tennessee
All three metro areas are projected to have a temp employment growth of 29 percent. In Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, machinists are expected to grow by 42 percent. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses will grow by 37 percent in Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade; and in Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, registered nurses will have a job growth of 45 percent.

6.Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville has a 28 percent expected growth rate through 2018. In this metro area, a 34 percent growth rate is anticipated for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.

7.Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
Temp employment in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario is expected to grow by 26 percent by 2018. Machinists will have the largest job growth at 33 percent.

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