Ahead of the US unemployment report for November due out Friday, December 5, 2003, Nancy Siegel, an Adecco vice president in the Detroit market, said, "We have seen increases in orders for temporary workers across many industries.
We've had encouraging activity in tier-one automotive suppliers for production workers, skilled positions, clerical positions, and engineering, so the requests run the gamut of skills, which is good news.There has also been an increase in orders outside of the automotive industry, especially in the service sector, where call centers and telecommunications sales and service are experiencing growth." Siegel
noted, "Seasonal employment such as packaging and light industrial work for retailers is stronger than it was last year.Companies are still being cautious, in that they are not hiring full-time people on a direct-hire basis.Rather, they are hiring temporary workers with the possibility of converting those positions to temp-to-perm come the first quarter of 2004.All in all, we're cautiously optimistic about the state's employment picture, since an uptick in temp orders indicates that businesses are gaining confidence in the economy and are laying the groundwork for building their full-time workforce." Siegel
is available for comment on the Detroit job market as it relates to the US November unemployment data.She
can be reached through either of the contacts above.