CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Release 2014's Top Occupations and Metros for Temporary Employment Growth

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CHICAGO, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Temporary employment has accelerated since the last recession, and new data shows that an upward trajectory will continue throughout 2014.  According to CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), more than 2.9 million U.S. workers were employed in temporary jobs in 2013, jumping 28 percent since 2010 and outpacing the 5 percent growth rate for all jobs. 

To help workers identify opportune areas for their job search, CareerBuilder and EMSI compiled a list of the fastest-growing occupations and metros for temporary employment in 2014. The study uses EMSI's extensive labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.

Among occupations that pay in the middle-wage to high-wage range, and are expected to see the greatest percentage increase for temporary job growth in 2014 are:

TOP OCCUPATIONS FOR GROWTH IN TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT IN 2014

 

TOTAL TEMP JOBS 2013

TOTAL TEMP JOBS 2014

% CHANGE 2013-2014

MEDIAN EARNINGS PER HOUR1

 

HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALISTS

61,642

64,049

4%

$26.83

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES

90,215

93,041

3%

$14.70

CONSTRUCTION LABORERS

72,914

75,183

3%

$14.42

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS2

69,398

71,573

3%

$15.58

REGISTERED NURSES

56,233

58,000

3%

$31.48

BOOKKEEPING, ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING CLERKS

29,326

30,257

3%

$16.91

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORKERS, GENERAL

29,260

30,183

3%

$16.93

INSPECTORS, TESTERS, SORTERS, SAMPLERS AND WEIGHERS

27,305

28,178

3%

$16.57

HEAVY AND TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVERS

23,760

24,527

3%

$18.37

MACHINISTS

22,460

23,182

3%

$18.99

SALES REPRESENTATIVES, SERVICES, ALL OTHER3

22,300

22,984

3%

$24.45

COMPUTER USER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS

17,351

17,895

3%

$22.32

In a separate CareerBuilder and Harris Poll study, 42 percent of employers reported that they plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2014, up from 40 percent last year. Of these employers, two in five (43 percent) plan to transition some temporary employees into full-time, permanent staff.

"Coming off of a hard-hitting recession, companies want more flexibility in their workforce to quickly ramp up and ramp down their businesses as needed. Temporary workers provide that flexibility," said Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder's Staffing & Recruiting Group. "Temporary employment is growing across industries and metros, and providing great opportunities for workers to test-drive different work experiences and network with employers."

The MSAs that employed at least 20,000 temporary workers in 2013 and are projected to have the greatest percentage increase for temporary job growth in 2014 are:

TOP METROS FOR GROWTH IN TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT IN 2014

TOTAL TEMP JOBS 2013

TOTAL TEMP JOBS 2014

% CHANGE 2013-2014

2013 AVERAGE EARNINGS PER JOB

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

25,336

27,465

8%

$21,822

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

35,053

37,382

7%

$28,026

SEATTLE-TACOMA, WA

35,971

38,090

6%

$53,068

ORLANDO, FL

24,175

25,512

6%

$30,625

RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO, CA

34,811

36,610

5%

$24,304

MEMPHIS, TN

27,757

29,247

5%

$24,742

DETROIT, MI

51,438

53,622

4%

$39,778

PORTLAND, OR

23,500

24,334

4%

$37,577

CHICAGO, IL

157,839

162,113

3%

$31,743

LOS ANGELES, CA

140,927

144,993

3%

$33,620

DALLAS, TX

102,938

105,362

3%

$33,624

ATLANTA, GA

74,303

76,530

3%

$36,496

1 Median earnings per hour covers anyone working in that occupation whether they are temporary or full-time, permanent staff
2Full category name as defined by the BLS is Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
3Sales Representatives, Services, All Other is a catch-all category that includes sales professionals who are not assigned to a specific category such as Insurance Sales Agents

About EMSI
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., a CareerBuilder company, turns labor market data into useful information that helps organizations understand the connection between economies, people, and work. Using sound economic principles and good data, EMSI builds user-friendly services that help educational institutions, workforce planners, and regional developers build a better workforce and improve the economic conditions in their regions. For more information, visit www.economicmodeling.com.

About CareerBuilder®
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions.  Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.

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