Local staffing agency on latest job numbers - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Local staffing agency on latest job numbers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The U.S. economy has had a boom in the job market adding 236,000 jobs in February, bringing the unemployment rate down to its lowest level since 2008. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday, U.S. employers added 236,000 jobs in February, which is up from 119,000 in January. This was considered the best payroll growth since last November.

Suzette Wewers is the branch manager at Productive Staffing in Jonesboro and said their business has been booming. In February alone, they helped about a hundred people get hired.

"Usually in December and January we definitely see a decline," said Wewers. "But now that it's picked up, we [only] go through that one month."

Wewers helps candidates like Amanda Spencer find a job that fits their skill set. Wewers hired Spencer on Monday as the agency's new receptionist. Spencer said she is happy she got the job.

"I just felt like I wanted to be back in the office and just help people find a job,"she said.

 Wewers said in the Jonesboro area, most candidates are looking for jobs in the industrial field, but they have been getting a lot of requests for clerical work.

Spencer said she is just trying to get in the swing of things at her new job.

"I love working at productive staffing, everybody is great and we are all a team,"she said. "It feels like a family."

The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved. 

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Young boys treat their moms to date night

    Young boys treat their moms to date night

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:17 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:17:00 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:44 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:44:23 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The dance floor was hot Sunday evening at a Jonesboro Kappa League event.

    The dance floor was hot Sunday evening at a Jonesboro Kappa League event.

  • Storm causes building collapse, trapping 2 people

    Storm causes building collapse, trapping 2 people

    Sunday, May 20 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-05-21 00:41:35 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-05-21 00:46:07 GMT
    (Source: Earle Fire Department via Facebook)(Source: Earle Fire Department via Facebook)
    (Source: Earle Fire Department via Facebook)(Source: Earle Fire Department via Facebook)

    The Earle and Crawfordsville Fire Departments responded to a building collapse that trapped two people in Crittenden County Sunday.  

    The Earle and Crawfordsville Fire Departments responded to a building collapse that trapped two people in Crittenden County Sunday.  

  • Slideshow: May 20 storms

    Slideshow: May 20 storms

    Sunday, May 20 2018 4:27 PM EDT2018-05-20 20:27:33 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 7:23 PM EDT2018-05-20 23:23:43 GMT
    A severe storm moved through Lawrence County Sunday south of Hoxie, looking south on Highway 91. (Source: Hatton Weeks via Twitter)A severe storm moved through Lawrence County Sunday south of Hoxie, looking south on Highway 91. (Source: Hatton Weeks via Twitter)

    A series of storms pushed heavy rains, winds and hail into Region 8 Sunday afternoon. 

    A series of storms pushed heavy rains, winds and hail into Region 8 Sunday afternoon. 

Powered by Frankly