Angelenos Loyal to Their City Despite Gloomy Unemployment Situation

     Angelenos Loyal to Their City Despite Gloomy Unemployment Situation

Residents Have Specific Ideas on How Local Job Situation Can Be Improved

PR Newswire

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 29, 2013

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly three-quarters of Los
Angeles residents (73 percent) are not considering moving out of the city to
find a job, in spite of its 9.9 percent unemployment rate, according to a
recent survey conducted by Adecco Staffing US, part of the world's largest
provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. This loyalty remains despite
the fact that only one-quarter (26 percent) of non-working LA residents feel
confident that they will find a job in the next three to five months, and just
37 percent say they feel confident they will find one within the next six to
12 months.

Among the challenges to finding a job, 18 percent cite Los Angeles'
challenging public transportation system and 26 percent say it's too expensive
to travel to and from interviews. LA residents also feel a disconnect between
the jobs available and the skills they have acquired. In fact, 34 percent of
Angelenos say job applicants do not have the right skills and training for
jobs that are currently available, while 29 percent of respondents believe job
seekers lack the skills and training for the new jobs and industries that are
coming to the area.

"In Los Angeles, like so many other cities around the U.S. we're seeing a
skills mismatch and we all-- businesses, government and residents-- must do
our part to close that gap," said Kristy Willis, senior vice president of
Adecco Staffing US. "One of the first steps is training job seekers in the
skills that are needed for the careers of the future."

When it comes to obtaining those skills, residents feel thestate government
should actively support the effort. Nearly one-fifth (19 percent) of Angelenos
said they think thestate should offer free job training programs to improve
the employment situation in LA. Residents also feel the government should
take more of a role in incentivizing businesses to hire and train local job
candidates (26 percent) and encourage businesses in other industries such as
technology and healthcare to come to the city (25 percent).

To offer Angelenos some help with their job search, Adecco will be hosting a
"careerathon" on April 30 at Santa Monica Place at Center Place. From 10 a.m.
- 3 p.m., attendees will be able learn about tips, tools, and resources to
help them find employment. Free services will be available throughout the
course of the day, including 1:1 career counseling, job search advice, resume
tips, mock interviews, and networking opportunities.

The "careerathon" is part of Adecco's global "Way to Work" program which is
designed to address one of the most serious issues impacting today's labor
market – youth unemployment. Similar careerathons will take place at hundreds
of Adecco branches across the country.

"Los Angeles' – and the nation's—unemployment problem will not be solved
overnight," Willis said. "But given our position and resources, we believe
that Adecco has an opportunity to help make a difference."

For a link to the full survey results, visit To learn more
about Way to Work, visit

This telephone survey was conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Adecco
among a sample of 500 Americans in the Los Angeles metropolitan area ages 18
and older. The survey was fielded between April 10th and 15th, 2013. Results
have a margin of error of +/- 4.4% at the 95% confidence level.

About Adecco Staffing US
Adecco Staffing US is the nation's leading provider of recruitment and
workforce solutions. It is the pre-eminent workforce management partner for
Fortune 500 companies and career advisement expert for American workers,
serving all of the key industries and professions that drive the US economy
forward. Adecco has more than 900 career centers and, on any given day,
connects 70,000 talented workers to the best job opportunities across the
country, making them one ofAmerica's largest employers. Visit
for more information.

About the Adecco Group:
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's leading
provider of HR solutions. With more than 29,000 FTE employees and more than
5,800 offices, in more than 60 countries and territories around the world,
Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 500,000
colleagues with more than 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall
into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement,
outsourcing, consulting, and outplacement. The Adecco Group is a Fortune
Global 500 company.

Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and is listed on
the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

About Adecco Group North America:
Every day we provide our clients with the talent they need, and help solve the
business challenges they face today – and will encounter tomorrow. Our clients
rely on us for a wide range of workforce solutions including:

  oContingent staffing and direct hire recruitment for large enterprise
    organizations across all skill sets
  oWorkforce solutions and consulting including Managed Services Programs
    (MSP) & Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
  oCareer transition and leadership consulting
  oSpecialty staffing, project solutions and consulting services

Additional information is available through our websites at and


Contact: Vannessa Almeida of Adecco Staffing US, +1-212-843-1965,
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