CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Some welcome news for those searching for a job, more companies are hiring.
This hiring boom is happening in the temp industry. There are so many temp jobs, new research says today's figures are just 2% below the industry's record peak in 2000.
And the number of temporary work has jumped more than 50% since the recession ended four years ago. Masiello Employment Agency's Recruiter, Scott Kenfield, says that from manufacturing to office work, more companies are turning to temporary workers. He says many of their clients are not hiring temps to replace full time employees but rather creating new positions.
"It's a good thing really because temporary work employment is a leading economic indicator. So, the more temps the better the economy is doing. I would say we've had 50% more business than three months ago," said Scott Kenfield.
Kenfield says that currently, all of their openings are offering hourly rates higher than the minimum wage.
Since January, the jobless rate in Massachusetts has dropped from 6.7% to 6.4%.