NEW YORK (AP) — The next few years could be tough for staffing companies that profit from new hiring, but a few firms may prosper amid the tepid economic recovery, according to a report Monday from Citi Investment Research & Analysis.

Citi analyst James Samford said in a note to clients that he is initiating coverage on two staffing companies, while downgrading his rating on a third. There is potential for these companies to profit even with historically weak job growth, Samford said.

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