Employment Trends in Summer Months

The continual boom and collapse of employment in the US makes employers leery of hiring full-time employees in fear they will have to lay them off in the coming months. While employment trends have been on the rise since the beginning of the year, previous employment trends reflect that the demand for labor will decrease after the summer months.

Since last July, the rate of employment has increased by 4.4%. The Labor Department announced that the U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.3%. The healthy demand for labor in July keeps employers hopeful that the rising trend will keep the same pace. But analysts say that a slowing of employment could occur in the coming months that would rapidly tighten the labor market.

A slowing of jobs in the market will be a reflection of seasonal work as well. The main indicator being the construction industry, with a rise of 12% employment over the past quarter. During this time of the year, more construction occurs compared to winter months. The rise of construction also creates a need for distribution of materials, which creates jobs in the transportation industry.

Transportation and warehousing industries experienced a growth of 3.1% over the last year by adding 146,000 jobs since last July. The industry is expected to continue its upward employment trend.

The fear of this possible trend of decreased employment in the construction industry has caused employers to choose temporary laborers as a labor source rather than full-time employees. Employers can use workers on an “as needed” basis or as seasonal workers.