, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, tells U.S. workers to carefully examine how to apply their core skills to growing industries and to develop new skills that can be applied across industries and different functions, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported that the overall February jobless rate was 7.7%, down from 7.9% in January.
A substantial 236,000 jobs were added in February across industries. Professional and business services added the most jobs at 73,000; construction increased by 48,000; while health care added 32,000. Information and retail trade also added significant number of workers.
January's job figures were revised down from 157,000 to 119,000, while December's jobs figure was revised up for the second time. It now stands at 219,000.
"To experience more 2013 job growth spikes, across industries, particularly in the wake of federal job losses, the U.S. job market must reinforce its educational infrastructure," said
Jeffrey A. Joerres
, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "With budget cuts to education, companies are under increasing pressure to invest in modernizing school curriculums and preparing today's workers and students for fast-growing industries. Employers have always been the most knowledgeable sources of what skills will accelerate industry growth. Yet, the responsibility they now bear, to invest in skills-training the American workforce, is inescapable."
Today's jobs report also cited the millions of U.S. workers who have been unemployed for years. This talent is often concentrated in regions where a dominant industry or employer has not been able to hire locally due, in part, to a shortage of the right skills.
"To build a long-term career across many industries, individuals at all career stages must first examine which industries are growing and then seek the skills and career development expertise that will open doors for them across these industries," said ManpowerGroup President
. "Essential career planning resources are found in ManpowerGroup's widespread presence in U.S. communities. The ManpowerGroup network is critical for acquiring the insight into the top skills demanded by today's growing employers."
ManpowerGroup's forward-looking Employment Outlook Survey, gauging hiring intentions among employers in 42 countries and territories for the second quarter of 2013, is released next Tuesday. Full survey results will appear here:
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