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Staffing and Recruiting Grows Faster Than the Economy and the Labor Market

Industry trend, Market Review, Staffing Industry Facts

More than six years since the end of the Great Recession, the U.S. economy has yet to fully recover. While there has been expansion, this long road to recovery has been erratic. And although the jobs lost during the 18-month recession have been regained and the unemployment rate has declined, the percentage of people participating in the labor force has dropped to the lowest level in four decades. There are nearly six million open jobs, and more than eight million people out of work—contributing to the longer than anticipated recovery cycle. Meanwhile, the staffing and recruiting industry has been growing faster than gross domestic product and overall employment at rates unlike any prior recovery. Are these trends unique to the current expansion, or has there been a fundamental change in the role of staffing and recruiting in the economy?


Fun Cool Facts


Did you know that Cleveland is a prime location for major motion pictures? Numerous movies have been filmed in Cleveland, including: The Deer Hunter, The Fortune Cookie, A Christmas Story, Light of Day, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Antwone Fisher, Major League, The Shawshank Redemption, Men In Black, Double Dragon, Air Force One, Proximity, The OH in Ohio, American Splendor, Welcome to Collinwood, Spiderman 3, The Avengers, I, Alex Cross, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Draft Day.


Fun Cool Facts

From the extraordinary to the commonplace, many innovations recognized around the world had their genesis in Cleveland. Here are just a few of the inventions created by Clevelanders:

U.S. college to admit students regardless of race, sex, creed or color (Oberlin College) – 1834

U.S. newspaper for African Americans (The Aliened American) – William Howard Day – 1853

Free home delivery of mail and first mailman’s uniform – Joseph Briggs – 1862

Electric streetlight and electric streetcar – Charles F. Brush – 1879

Indoor shopping center (The Arcade) – 1890

LifeSavers candy – Clarence Crane – 1891

Padded bicycle seat – Arthur Lovett Garford – 1892

Whole-body scanner and x-ray machine – Dayton C. Miller (Case School of Applied Science) – 1896

Modern golfball – Cobuern Haskell, Joseph Mitchell, Bertram Work – 1899

American League – charter member baseball team (Cleveland Indians) – 1901

Ongoing forum for free speech (The City Club of Cleveland) – 1912

American-made standard gasoline automobile – 1898 and American Diesel engine – 1913 – Alexander Winton

African American Cultural Center (Karamu House) – 1915

Gas mask – Garret A. Morgan – 1916

Automatic windshield wiper – Fred & William H. Folberth – 1921

Air-traffic control tower – 1927

Superman comic – Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster – 1933

The phrase “Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Alan Freed – 1952

Rock and Roll concert (Moondog Coronation Ball) – 1952

African-American mayor of a major city (Carl Stokes) – 1967

Rapid transit rail service from airport to downtown – Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority – 1968

NFL “Monday Night Football” game (Cleveland Municipal Stadium with the Cleveland Browns defeating the New York Jets, 31-20) – 1970

The first city to be awarded five All-American City Awards (1949, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1994)

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