SHRM: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma undercut U.S. employment reporting in September

October 23, 2017 Rebecca Henderson

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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Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson is CEO of Randstad Sourceright. Rebecca brings more than 20 years’ experience in all facets of talent acquisition solutions and technology. With deep insights and progressive perspectives, Rebecca steers Randstad Sourceright’s global development to ensure HR and talent leaders can play a strategic role in driving growth locally, across regions, and globally. Rebecca is a highly regarded leader in the talent management field and was most recently recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in “The Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing” list.

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