employment agency


Definition of employment agency

: an agency whose business is to find jobs for people seeking them or to find people to fill jobs that are open

Examples of employment agency in a Sentence

He found work as a mechanic through an employment agency.
Recent Examples on the Web Travel arranged by legitimate overseas employment agencies normally ranges from $3,000 to $5,000. Washington Post, "Vietnamese turn to traffickers to help chase fortunes abroad," 1 Nov. 2019 The other nine are Filipino and Indonesian fishermen, with one, an Indonesian, in serious condition, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency said, citing an employment agency that recruited the workers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 bodies found in Taiwan bridge collapse, 1 still missing," 2 Oct. 2019 In March 2018, after a year and a half of living off her savings, Ms. Molina found work at Hot Bread Kitchen in Harlem through an employment agency. Devi Lockwood, New York Times, "A Lawyer in Venezuela, She Started From Scratch in the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2019 The lag is an indicator of the cooperative effort between the BLS and state employment agencies. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Monthly jobs data have their nuances," 6 Oct. 2019 The employment agencies on Howard Street disappeared. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 The deal was virtually unknown outside of a tight circle of state government insiders and was arranged through an employment agency. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Former lawmaker catches heat for secretive deal with Indiana veterans agency," 7 Aug. 2019 The federal employment agency filed suit after the sides were unable to reach a settlement, the news release said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Broomfield company refused to hire deaf candidate based on her disability, federal lawsuit alleges," 6 Sep. 2019 Marilyn Hannes, who chairs the Tourism Authority Board of Directors, has asked fellow board member Phil Blair, of the Manpower employment agency, to lead a nationwide search for Terzi’s replacement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi announces his retirement," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of employment agency

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of employment agency was in 1888

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8 Dec 2019

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“Employment agency.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employment%20agency. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of employment agency

: a company whose business is to find jobs for people

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