On May 22nd & 23rd I attended the Midwest Staffing Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois at the Hyatt near the Woodfield Mall.
In attendance were executives, staff and vendors to the staffing industry primarily from Illinois & Wisconsin, with a smattering of members from Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana.
Having specialized in the staffing industry for ten years, it was great to meet these people in person. There were great workshop programs and key note speakers which emphasized the importance of what this great industry lends to…the local economies and the nation as a whole.
I learned that the staffing industry provided 1.1 million jobs in Illinois last year and 337,000 in Wisconsin. Nationally, there were 16.8 million jobs generated by the staffing industry representing $167 billion in revenues. This is a 4% increase over 2017 and there are currently 1.8 million jobs unfilled in this country. All in all, the staffing industry represents a little more than 2% of the nation’s employment. There is great opportunity out there to grow even in this tight labor market.
I met some terrific up and coming professionals while there.