The pee cup is starting to look half full.The small 'l' Libertarian in me has issues with drug testing, its inaccuracies and inconsistencies, but that is a post for another day. For now, any sign that the economy is continuing its recovery is good news for me, and you would think good news for all.
First-quarter financial results from New Brighton-based Medtox Scientific and two other lab companies that process pre-employment drug tests suggest there's a promising trickle of hiring in the U.S.
And reports from the trenches — medical clinics that administer the tests — suggest the same.
"It's as though someone flipped a switch," said Jim Sebesta, vice president for business development at Twin Cities Occupational Health & Rehabilitation, which conducts tests at clinics in Mendota Heights and Blaine. "Clearly, employers are hiring."
From January to March, Medtox Scientific saw its first year-over-year increase in sales of drug testing services since 2008.