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Local staffing agencies say they're getting more calls

By Kimberly Holmes - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - After dismal economic news for well over a year now, there are indications that things are starting to turn around.

Several local staffing agencies say recently, more and more companies have started calling them, looking for people to come to work. The agencies say the calls started coming around two weeks ago, and they expect them to continue.

"We need to feed our family and pay our bills. That's what life is about," said Richard Kamu, who is looking for a job.

Kamu came to a staffing agency in Kenwood to help him find work. He graduated from ITT Tech last month with an associates degree in Computer Network Systems.

Kamu has a part-time job, but says he needs another.

"It's hard to find a job from what I was in school," he said. "But I need to have something between my hands. Because the bills don't wait, and I need to do anything to survive."

Kamu is not alone. Manpower Employment Agency in Kenwood says lately, phones have been ringing non-stop, but not just from those looking for work.

Branch manager Jonathan Schultz says local companies - large and small - have been calling, looking for workers.

"Twelve percent of companies or employers have a positive outlook for 2009 and quarter four, and anticipate growth in their companies and plan on adding staff," said Schultz. "I would say over the last couple of weeks, there's been a definite increase. Manufacturing is definitely back on the rise."

The assignments include full-time positions, but Schultz says many are short term. Still, it's good news, according to Kamu.

"The bills don't wait," said Kamu. "If you have something between your hands, just do it. Keep moving. Survive today and maybe tomorrow it'll be better."

For a lot of those positions, Schultz says you'll need to be able to stand for long periods of time and work in a fast-pace environment. Schultz says he thinks this positive trend will last, and from what companies are telling him, it should continue into 2010.

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