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Leading the Employment Charge

February 04, 2001|LISA GIRION

Temp agencies and other personnel supply services added more than 2 million jobs in the 1990s, leading the industries with the decade's greatest employment growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Seven of the 10 industries adding the most jobs in the 1990s were in the services.

And while local schools and educational districts added nearly 1.4 million jobs in the 1990s, ranking third among gainers, the federal government (excluding the postal service) lost the most jobs in that period.

Other industries among the top 10 employment losers in the decade were savings institutions, aircraft and parts manufacturers and apparel retailers.


1990s: The Temp Decade

The 10 industries that added the most jobs, 1989-99, in millions:


Personnel supply: 2.146

Restaurants: 1.538

Public education: 1.396

Computer services: 1.094

Local government: 0.801

Business services: 0.623

Medical offices: 0.609

Hospitals: 0.544

Recreational services: 0.543

Management/public relations: 0.466

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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