Data & Research Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:34:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Fed: Economic Growth Continued; Challenges Filling Positions https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/04/19/fed-economic-growth-continued-challenges-filling-positions/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:27:50 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=71554 Economic activity continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace in March and early April, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). Employment growth was modest to moderate in most districts, though many employers experienced challenges finding qualified candidates to fill positions. Labor shortages were most often noted in high-skilled positions, including engineering, information technology, and health care, as well as in construction and transportation. Wage growth was modest. Staffing demand held steady or increased, but talent shortages persisted.

View interactive beige book summaries by district, focused on employment, wages, and the staffing industry, at americanstaffing.net/federal-reserve-beige-book.

To learn more about research by the American Staffing Association, visit americanstaffing.net/staffing-research-data. You can also follow ASA on Twitter.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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BLS: Staffing Employment Holds Steady in March https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/04/06/bls-staffing-employment-holds-steady-in-march/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:05:20 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=71125 Up 3.8% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment remained unchanged (0.0%) from February to March, but was 3.8% higher than in March 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.7% per month in the first three months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% for full year 2017, as reported by BLS earlier this year following a series of downward adjustments.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 0.9% from February to March. Year-to-year, there were 3.8% more staffing employees in March than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 jobs in March (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for January and February, job gains averaged 202,000 per month over the past three months, higher than the average of 186,000 for the prior 12 months.

“Although the pace of hiring slowed, March marked the 90th consecutive month of job growth—the longest streak on record,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “The labor market looks fully recovered from the Great Recession; however, the supply of qualified workers who are not already employed is not growing fast enough to keep up with increases in demand.”

The March unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1% for the sixth consecutive month.

BLS also released preliminary February employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, grew 0.8% from January. Search and placement jobs totaled 309,300 in February, 3.7% higher than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Staffing Index Hits a 10-Year High for March https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/27/asa-staffing-index-hits-a-10-year-high-for-march/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:24:47 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70816 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, March 2018

Staffing employment for the week of March 12–18 increased 0.7%, growing for the third consecutive week to a rounded value of 95—the best reading for this particular week in 10 years—according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 2.2% higher than the same week last year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the March monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 6.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average held steady, remaining at a rounded figure of 94—a 10-year high for the same period. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending March 18 was 1.3% higher year-to-year.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Staffing Employment Steady in 2017 https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/22/staffing-employment-steady-in-2017/ Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:51:50 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70716 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.19 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2017, down slightly (-0.6%) from 2016, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. This is the third-highest number of staffing employees since 2006, just before the Great Recession.

During all of 2017, staffing companies hired a total of 15.49 million temporary and contract employees. The average length of employment with a staffing company was 10.7 weeks in 2017, slightly shorter than the tenure of 11.5 weeks in 2016.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, average weekly staffing employment totaled 3.34 million—3.7% higher than in the third quarter, which is the largest quarter-to-quarter increase since 2014. On a year-to-year basis, the average weekly number of temporary and contract staffing jobs in the fourth quarter of 2017 was unchanged (0.0%) compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.

“During the past year, the staffing industry helped more than 15 million American workers find jobs and advance their careers,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “But demand for qualified talent continues to outpace supply. Looking ahead, a top priority and focus must be on training, retraining, and upskilling the current and future American workforce.”

Annual temporary and contract staffing sales in 2017 totaled $133.87 billion, up 4.2% from 2016. Fourth quarter sales grew to $34.93 billion, 3.6% more than in the third quarter of 2017 and 4.6% more than in the fourth quarter of 2016.

To learn more about the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, visit americanstaffing.net/quarterly-survey. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Interviews with ASA executives are available.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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BLS: Staffing Employment Surges in February https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/09/bls-staffing-employment-surges-in-february/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:11:10 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70232 Up 4.2% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment grew robustly in February, adding nearly 27,000 jobs over the month, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staffing employment increased 0.9% from January to February and was 4.2% higher than in February 2017—the greatest year-to-year growth since July 2015.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment rose 1.2% from January to February. Year-to-year, there were 4.0% more staffing employees in February than in the same month last year.

“The strength of staffing employment growth reflects improving overall economic growth,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “While this is great news for job seekers, a top challenge facing employers across a growing number of sectors is attracting and retaining enough qualified talent to sustain current and future growth.”

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 313,000 jobs in February (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for December and January, job gains averaged 242,000 per month over the past three months, significantly higher than the average of 190,000 for the prior 12 months.

The February unemployment rate remained at 4.1% for the fifth consecutive month.

BLS also released preliminary January employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, grew 0.9% from December 2017. Search and placement jobs totaled 306,100 in January, 1.5% more than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Fed: Economic Growth Continued; Staffing Activity Increased https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/03/08/fed-staffing-activity-increased/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:50:45 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=70203 The economy continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace in January and February, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). Employment grew at a moderate pace amid persistent labor market tightness nationwide, and demand for qualified workers was brisk. Wage growth was moderate in many districts, and in a few districts the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was credited for modest increases in compensation. Staffing activity increased, with demand up in some districts and revenue higher in others.

View interactive beige book summaries by district, focused on employment, wages, and the staffing industry, at americanstaffing.net/federal-reserve-beige-book.

To learn more about research by the American Staffing Association, visit americanstaffing.net/staffing-research-data. You can also follow ASA on Twitter.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Staffing Index Robust for February https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/02/27/asa-staffing-index-robust-for-february/ Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:36:28 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=69970 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, February 2018

Staffing employment for the week of Feb. 12–18 edged down 0.4%, but remained at a rounded value of 94 for the fourth straight week, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Despite the slight decline, the week of Feb. 12–18—which included the Presidents Day holiday weekend—matched the highest level for the same week since the inception of the index in 2006. Staffing employment was 0.7% higher than the same week last year, which also included Presidents Day weekend.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the February monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 9.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average increased for the fourth consecutive period to a rounded figure of 94, and was 0.7% higher year-to-year. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Feb. 18 had the fastest rate of growth for the same period since 2010.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Skills Gap Index: Top Hard-to-Fill Jobs by Sector https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/02/21/asa-skills-gap-index-top-hard-to-fill-jobs-by-sector/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:00:06 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=69766 Most Difficult-to-Fill Occupations in Each Sector

The American Staffing Association Skills Gap Index has identified the 156 hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2017. The two most difficult-to-fill jobs in each staffing industry sector are

Engineering, information technology, and scientific

  • Computer and information research scientists
  • Information security analysts

Health care

  • Psychiatrists
  • Internists, general

Industrial

  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • Food service managers

Office–clerical and administrative

  • First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
  • Repair shop or parts store salespeople

Professional–managerial

  • Tax preparers
  • Sales engineers

While all 10 of these occupations were among the list of 170 hardest-to-fill jobs nationwide in the last ASA Skills Gap Index report, five of the 10—information security analysts, psychiatrists, general internists, food service managers, and tax preparers—are new to the list of top two hardest-to-fill jobs per sector.

“With the unemployment rate at the lowest level in more than 17 years, companies are struggling to fill vacancies,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Equipped with deep expertise and important tools like the ASA Skills Gap Index, staffing and recruiting companies stand ready to help businesses fill their flexible and permanent talent needs in an ever tightening labor market.”

The ASA Skills Gap Index was established by the American Staffing Association, using a hiring indicator developed by ASA corporate partner CareerBuilder. The hiring indicator measures the level of difficulty (on a scale of one to 100, with lower scores indicating harder to fill) to fill a specific occupation based on demand, supply of active candidates, and all individuals working in that occupation. The ASA Skills Gap Index concentrates on hiring indicator scores of 50 or less with a demand of more than 2,000 jobs to determine the top hard-to-fill occupations, now based on a one-month snapshot of data. The ASA Skills Gap Index is updated twice a year, after the second and fourth quarters.

For more information about the American Staffing Association Skills Gap Index, visit americanstaffing.net/asa-skills-gap-index. You can also follow ASA on Twitter.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Hiring? Make the Process Personal https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/02/08/hiring-make-the-process-personal/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:26:31 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=69389 About seven in 10 Americans (69%) believe that the job search today is too impersonal, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,100 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll. And eight in 10 (80%) say that applying for a job feels like sending their résumé or job application into a “black box.”

Nevertheless, Americans do consider less-personal resources to be valuable when looking for work. Eight in 10 (83%) believe that technology has made finding a job easier.

However, a majority says that emerging technologies (e.g., big data mining of résumés and job-on-demand apps) actually make it more difficult to land a job (59%), and that the Internet is not “all I need” to find a job (59%). In fact, even in this age of technology, 85% of U.S. adults think that personal contacts are more helpful than the Internet in finding a job.

Approximately seven in 10 U.S. adults cite in-person or face-to-face contact (72%), phone calls (72%), and email (71%) as acceptable ways to initially contact them regarding job opportunities. Only about one in four (24%) say text messages would be welcome.

“When recruiting talent, ‘high touch’ still wins the day,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Businesses that rely too heavily on a ‘high tech’ but largely ‘faceless’ process are sending the wrong messages to job seekers looking for connections with companies that value their employees.”

To learn more about the ASA Workforce Monitor, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Research Method

The Harris Poll conducted the survey online within the U.S. on behalf of ASA Dec. 27–29, 2017, among a total of 2,163 U.S. adults age 18 and older. Results were weighted on age, education, race/ethnicity, household income, and geographic region where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the U.S. population.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About the ASA Workforce Monitor

The ASA Workforce Monitor is a periodic survey commissioned by ASA and conducted online by Harris Poll among 1,000 or more U.S. adults age 18 and older. The survey series focuses on current workforce trends and issues. For more information about the survey series, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor.

About The Harris Poll

The Harris Poll is one of the longest running surveys in the U.S. tracking public opinion, motivations and social sentiment since 1963 and is now part of Harris Insights & Analytics, a global consulting and market research firm.

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BLS: Staffing Employment Remains Robust in January https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/02/02/bls-staffing-employment-remains-robust-in-january/ Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:00:35 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=69191 Seasonally Up 3.4% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment changed little (0.1%) from December 2017 to January 2018, but was 3.4% higher than in January 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past six months, year-to-year staffing job growth averaged 3.0% per month, higher than the average of 2.2% for all of 2017. The average for all of 2017 was revised down from 4.1% by BLS as a result of the annual benchmarking process.

Staffing employment typically peaks in November or December, drops substantially in January, and grows the rest of the year. BLS adjusts for this seasonality, which results in an increase in seasonally adjusted January job numbers and a dramatic falloff in nonseasonally adjusted numbers. BLS also annually recalibrates its report in January and makes other revisions to the past five years of data.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment declined 8.1% from December 2017 to January 2018. Year-to-year, there were 3.4% more staffing employees in January than in the same month last year.

“Businesses are feeling confident about the economy and report they are planning on increasing the size of their flexible and permanent workforces in the year ahead,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “However, a growing number say that as labor markets tighten, they are very concerned about not being able to attract and retain qualified talent.”

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 200,000 jobs in January (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for November and December, job gains averaged 192,000 per month over the past three months, higher than the average of 181,000 for the prior 12 months.

The January unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1% for the fourth consecutive month.

BLS also released preliminary December 2017 employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, grew 0.9% from November. Search and placement jobs totaled 303,100 in December, 1.0% higher than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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