US Staffing Employment Continues Upward Climb
Staffing employment in March is 15 percent higher than in the same month last year, according to the American Staffing Association Staffing Index.
The index for March is 83, up from 80 for February, suggesting that staffing employment has increased almost 4 percent over the past month. Staffing payrolls have shown steady growth over the past five weeks.
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The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a virtual real-time measure of staffing employment trends. The reference level for the index was set at 100 in June 2006. The current level of 83 suggests that staffing employment is 17 percent lower than in June 2006.
Index weeks containing the 12th are compared monthly to match the reference periods used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly employment situation reports, which contain data on the temporary help industry. Because the same reference period is used in both the ASA Staffing Index and BLS monthly reports, the two data series can be easily compared. ASA data are not adjusted for seasonal factors and should be compared to nonseasonally adjusted BLS data.