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Staffing Employment Shows Stabilization

Staffing Employment Shows Stabilization
Results of the Second Quarter National Survey

Staffing employment in the second quarter of this year changed little from the first quarter, but it was still significantly lower than in the same period in 2008, according to survey data released today by the American Staffing Association.

The recent economic recession has prevented staffing employment growth that normally occurs during the course of the year. America's staffing companies employed an average of 1.9 million temporary and contract workers per day from April through June3.5% lower than in the first quarter of this year and 30.2% lower than in the second quarter of 2008. While this is the seventh consecutive quarter of year-to-year employment declines, the massive quarter-to-quarter job losses of last year have markedly slowed.

"While staffing employment dropped nearly a third from a year ago, U.S. staffing firms are still putting some two million people to work every day," says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. "We have seen an uptick in staffing employment since early July," he says, "and we expect that staffing firms will see increases in demand as the economy recovers."

U.S. sales of temporary and contract staffing totaled $12.7 billion in the second quarter of this year. This is a decline of 30.3%a drop of $5.5 billionwhen compared with sales reported for the same period last year and 32.8% down from the industry's peak in the third quarter of 2007

The American Staffing Association promotes legal, ethical, and professional practices for the $86 billion U.S. staffing industry. ASA members account for 85% of U.S. staffing industry sales and operate more than 15,000 offices throughout the nation. Some 2.7 million Americans go to work for U.S. staffing companies every business day.

Founded to promote flexible employment opportunities and ensure the quality of staffing services, ASA has been the voice of the U.S. staffing industry since 1966. Members provide a wide range of employment services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting. ASA and its affiliated chapters promote the interests of the industry through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the establishment of high standards of ethical conduct.

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