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

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
2 Full 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.

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