The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the U.S. lost 33,000 jobs in September, primarily due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Nonetheless, the unemployment rate has held steady and the overall labor outlook remains positive. No surprise that building supply stores are a bright spot, adding 5,300 jobs amid the disruption.
Rebecca Henderson, CEO of Randstad Sourceright, notes the surge of contingent employment to support disaster recovery efforts already taking place. "FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] has already filled hundreds of temporary positions to help rebuild communities impacted in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands," she said.
"Job openings for contingent talent have also spiked in the construction and hospitality sectors, and we expect to see similar demand from the engineering and environmental sectors in the coming weeks and months."
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