Resuming Growth, Staffing Jobs Set New Record

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<p><strong>Alexandria, Va. &mdash; Dec. 12</strong><br />Staffing industry employment grew to an average of 3.05 million jobs per day in the third quarter, a new third-quarter high and only the third time on record that the industry has surpassed the 3 million mark, according to data released by the American Staffing Association. Results of the ASA quarterly employment and sales survey indicate that staffing jobs increased 2.3 percent over the same period last year. The third quarter rate of job growth was the highest in five quarters &mdash; staffing employment had been flat to down slightly in the previous four quarters.<br /><br />&ldquo;The ASA Staffing Index, which measures weekly changes in temporary and contract employment, shows a mostly flat August followed by a strong September and continued growth in October,&rdquo; said ASA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Wahlquist. &ldquo;While softer demand affected our members earlier in the year, we are seeing some increased demand in the second half, particularly for employees with higher skill and education levels.&rdquo;<br /><br />U.S. sales of temporary and contract staffing services hit a quarterly record high of $18.9 billion, according to the ASA survey. That was an increase of 3.6 percent over the same period of the previous year and the strongest rate of growth in a year and a half.<br /><br />To view historical data from the ASA quarterly survey (1992 to present) or weekly measures of staffing employment, visit www.americanstaffing.net. </p>

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