Atlanta, GA – June 24, 2019 – Experts from InfoMart—an PBSA-accredited and FCRA-complaint global background screening provider—have tracked and reported up to a decade of proprietary data collected on 14+ industries to determine trends, spikes, and fluctuations in criminal record results on background checks. InfoMart’s Criminal History Trends Report offers an inside look at the trends in criminal record searches from just after the recession in 2009 to the recent pattern of low unemployment in 2018.

InfoMart’s Criminal History Trends Report presents statistics on 14+ industries, broken down by year to reveal the:

  • percentage of offenses categorized as violence, theft, fraud, and drug.
  • average number of applicants with criminal records.
  • industry-specific criminal history statistics.
  • the most frequent types of crimes reported in each industry in 2018.

The report also provides a review of screening industry-related services as they have progressed over the last decade. The company’s proprietary research shows criminal turnaround time has decreased 42.59% from 2009 to 2018. Their criminal dispute rates have also decreased by 59.26% in ten years. As technology has evolved, the effectiveness of background screening has notably increased the performance of HR best practices.

“Data is the new language of HR. As HR functions require more and more data, reports like these give insight into one of the top trends hitting HR across all verticals: modern policies and procedures for hiring non-traditional applicants, including ex-offenders,” says InfoMart CEO, Marco Piovesan.

The report’s breakdown of criminal history data, accompanied by snapshots of each industry’s 2018 screening statistics, showcases a prevailing need for background screening across verticals.

Professionals in the communications, construction, contracting, education, entertainment, food service, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, retail, staffing, business services, and transportation industries can compare the last 10 years of criminal reporting data alongside their own hiring practices to determine their plans for the next 10 years.

“Our position as an accredited and compliant background screening service offers us the chance to track trends in multiple industries without risking the security of candidates’ data. We’re proud that our position in the screening industry grants our experts the ability to share perspectives that will be meaningful to our partners in HR,” said Tammy Cohen, chief visionary officer and founder of InfoMart.

As HR professionals gather to predict the “Future of Work” and changing best practices, InfoMart’s comprehensive collection of data complements research on contemporary hiring initiatives, including the integration of non-traditional candidates into the talent pool. As the employment landscape requires more speed, automation, and digital literacy, the human resources field relies on accurate data more than ever.

Download a full copy of InfoMart’s report or drop by booth #2427 at the SHRM National Conference to speak to an InfoMart expert.

For more information about InfoMart or to arrange an interview, please contact Anna Holland at or call (770) 984-2727.


About InfoMart

InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for 30 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association, and they have achieved PBSA accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 45 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.

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