Employment trends in the Asheville area are following the national trend of increased hiring, according to Friday Staffing, an Asheville area staffing agency. As announced earlier this month, the national unemployment rate fell below 6% for the first time since 2008. Friday Staffing reports that permanent employment obtained through their staffing agency have increased 135% in 2014, when compared to the same time in 2008. The data comes from analyzing Friday Staffing’s internal statistics on open positions, applications, hires, and permanent employment from 2008 to 2014.
“To see an increase of 135% is significant,” said David Modaff, President of Friday Staffing. “The data provides a real contrast to the perception that there is no hiring going on in the local economy.”
Friday’s also reports that they’ve seen a 52% increase in qualified applicants in 2014, when compared to the same time in 2008. Modaff attributes this increase in part to Friday Staffing’s improved online application system and outreach efforts this year.
“Employers need skilled workers. Western North Carolina is home to a skilled and diverse labor force,” said Modaff. “We’ve improved our systems of finding those applicants and matching them with employers.”
For Friday Staffing, the numbers are only one part of the story.
“Each statistic is a person, each person has a family and when you put them to work, you’re helping them provide for their family,” said Modaff. “We’re proud of the work we do because we make a difference in people’s everyday lives.”
Friday Staffing has served clients and employees in the industrial, technical, and professional industries for the last 34 years. According to a recent White House report, American manufacturing has added 700,000 jobs since February 2010, the fastest pace of job growth since the 1990s. The sector has grown at nearly twice the rate of the economy overall, the longest period of outpacing the economy since the 1960s.
About Friday Staffing:
Friday Staffing is a staffing agency serving Asheville, Hendersonville and Morganton for the last 34 years. Friday Staffing’s mission is to bring the right people to the right job every time with a focus on professional, industrial and technical industries. They are committed to providing the highest quality, ethical professionalism in all aspects of staffing services. To learn more, visit www.friday-staffing.com