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US Staffing Employment Grew 18 Percent in 2010

US Staffing Employment Grew 18 Percent in 2010
U.S. staffing companies created 401,000 jobs in 2010, according to data released by the American Staffing Association.
Last years growth in the average daily employment of temporary and contract workers ranked second to the historical record of 428,000 set in 1994.

On an average business day in 2010, Americas staffing firms employed 2.6 million workers, 18.4 percent more than in 2009 a rate of growth not seen since 1993 and 1994, which then exceeded 25 percent per year. The robust pace of 2010 continued into early 2011. In the first quarter, which usually exhibits a seasonal dip, average daily employment totaled 2.6 million, 14.3 percent more than in the same period of the previous year.
Staffing employment reflects the economy, says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. As the economy emerged from the recession, businesses turned to flexible staffing solutions to meet increases in demand for their products and services. Even with economic growth slowing in the second quarter of this year, staffing companies continue to offer untapped employment opportunities for job seekers. Businesses have been increasingly interested in temporary-to-permanent placements.

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $87.4 billion in 2010, 21.3 percent more than in 2009. In the first quarter of 2011, sales increased 19.5 percent from the same quarter last year to $22.8 billion.

These figures are based on the ASA quarterly employment and sales survey, which has been newly benchmarked to recently released employment services data from the 2007 U.S. Census of Business. Data series have been adjusted back to 1990, when ASA began estimating the size of staffing industry employment and sales. The ASA Staffing Index, a 2006 to present employment metric based on a weekly survey benchmarked to the census, has also been revised.

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