One of the areas of focus for us at Lighthouse this year is recruitment process outsourcing, or RPO. This service component of HR outsourcing has become a staple for many large employers in recent years, and though our primary research focus has been disrupted by the current pandemic, we have adjusted course to look at what happens to the RPO industry in an economic downturn and what that means.

This analysis sheds light on the overall economy, unemployment trends (see data below), job posting volume by industry, and more, providing insights that HR and talent leaders need as they consider the challenging times ahead. Read the full piece on the RPO Association blog.

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The data below shows unemployment searches on Google Trends. At the time of publication, searches for unemployment information were 20x that of normal volume, and the trend has continued to set new records for search volume each day. While we have to wait for traditional economic indicators to catch up, these kinds of insights (and others exposed in this article) offer a preview of what employers can expect in the coming weeks and months.