Staffing CEO Tig Gilliam offers employment advice

Staffing CEO Tig Gilliam offers employment advice
Staffing CEO Tig Gilliam offers employment advice

Judging from the headlines, the jobs numbers for May were a huge disappointment. Sure, unemployment went back down to 9.7%, but that's largely because thousands decided to stop looking for work – again. And of the 431,000 new jobs added, only 41,000 were from the private sector. The majority of new positions were temporary ones for the U.S. Census, which has just stopped hiring.

Still, don't cue the funeral march just yet. Tig Gilliam, CEO of Adecco Group North America, the largest staffing agency in the world, sees some rays of hope in this month's figures, and offers some advice in a telephone interview with WalletPop:

Fundamentals are improving If problems in Europe are contained, the economy will slowly get better, said Gilliam. After all, 41,000 new jobs is nothing to scoff at. This was not an improvement over the past two months, but it's still better than January and February. Another positive indicator: the average work-week rose again for all workers. "Employers will not hire full time workers until their part-time workers are working," he explained. "Our business has continued to show growth."