Data & Research Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:43:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Fed: Moderate Economic Growth; Strong Staffing Demand https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/09/13/fed-moderate-economic-growth-strong-staffing-demand/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:24:54 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=75755 The economy expanded at a moderate pace through the end of August, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). Employment and wages continued to grow at a modest to moderate pace, even as labor market tightness persisted. Businesses in some districts increasingly added benefits—such as vacation time, flexible schedules, and bonuses—to attract and retain employees. Businesses also noted they were putting more resources into training. Staffing demand was strong or growing in several districts, but labor shortages continued to pose an obstacle.

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/research. 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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Staffing Employment at 18-Year High for Second Quarter https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/09/12/staffing-employment-at-18-year-high-for-second-quarter/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:27:44 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=75724 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.2 million temporary and contract workers per week in the second quarter of 2018, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association—the greatest number for any second quarter since 2000.

Staffing employment increased 2.3% in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017, marking the largest year-to-year growth for any quarter in three years.

“Businesses are turning to staffing companies for flexible workforce solutions, which is driving up demand for temporary and contract employees,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “This means more opportunities for job seekers in an ever-tightening labor market as employers focus on talent as a way to differentiate their businesses.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $34.6 billion in the second quarter of 2018, 4.3% higher than in the same quarter of 2017.

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment was up 3.1% from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2018; temporary and contract staffing sales increased 5.3% from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2018.

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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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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BLS: Staffing Employment Grows in August https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/09/07/bls-staffing-employment-grows-in-august/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:29:02 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=75639 Up 2.9% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment grew 0.3% from July to August, adding 10,000 jobs over the month, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staffing employment was 2.9% higher than in August 2017. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.4% per month in the first eight months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% for all of 2017.

BLS’s initial estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be downwardly revised the following year, according to an American Staffing Association analysis of BLS data.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 2.2% from July to August. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 2.8% more staffing employees in August than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 201,000 jobs in August (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for June and July, job gains averaged 185,000 per month over the past three months, less than the average of 196,000 for the prior 12 months.

“The U.S. labor market remains robust, marking 95 consecutive months of job growth in August,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “However, because the demand for qualified employees continues to exceed the supply, economic growth will be impeded if employers fail to initiate programs to train, retrain and upskill employees to narrow the growing skills gap.”

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9%.

BLS also released preliminary July employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, ticked up 0.2% from June. Search and placement jobs totaled 311,600 in July, 3.8% 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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ASA Staffing Index Continues at Record High Levels https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/08/21/asa-staffing-index-continues-at-record-high-levels/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:52:59 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=75201 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, August 2018

The ASA Staffing Index for the week of Aug. 6–12 strengthened by 0.7% to a rounded value of 101—the third consecutive week the index has reached record highs for their comparable weeks. This also marks the first time the index has reached a rounded figure of 101 before September since its inception in 2006. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 3.9% higher than the same week last year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the August monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Sept. 7.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average increased again to a rounded value of 100, a record high for the same span of weeks. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Aug. 12 was 3.6% higher year-to-year, the fastest rate of year-to-year growth since 2014.

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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Apprenticeships Make People More Job-Ready Than College https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/08/09/apprenticeships-make-people-more-job-ready-than-college/ Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:37:42 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74853 A majority of Americans (62%) agree that apprenticeships—or “earn while learning” vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

About seven in 10 U.S. adults say learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than a bachelor’s degree (68%) and that college degrees aren’t worth as much as they used to be (69%). A majority disagree that completing an apprenticeship will limit one’s future employment options (71%) and that earn-while-learning programs generally lead to a lower salary than occupations requiring a college degree (60%).

Nine out of 10 Americans (94%) say that apprenticeships are helpful in leading to a new career. And they think that these vocational opportunities are valuable because they provide people with the ability to prepare for a job (94%) and learn an interesting trade (94%).

About nine in 10 U.S. adults (87%) say it is smart to consider both apprenticeships and college as options.

“Apprenticeships or earn and learn programs offer great value to job seekers because they get paid while learning a new vocation—available across a wide variety of occupations and industries,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “U.S. businesses need to act now to launch work-based learning programs to address the widening skills gap and help attract and hire the best candidates in this tight labor market.”

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 April 5–9, 2018, among a total of 2,029 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. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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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 Expands in July https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/08/03/bls-staffing-employment-expands-in-july/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:15:50 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74546 Up 3.3% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment grew robustly, adding 28,000 jobs over the month of July, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staffing employment increased 0.9% from June to July and was 3.3% higher than in July 2017. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.5% per month in the first seven months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% for all of 2017.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment decreased 0.7% from June to July. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 3.3% more staffing employees in July than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 157,000 jobs in July (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for May and June, job gains averaged 224,000 per month over the past three months, higher than the average of 203,000 for the prior 12 months.

“The ‘help wanted’ signs are still out all across America, with hiring increases in 2018 exceeding growth in the comparable periods of 2016 and 2017,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “And for the foreseeable future, finding ways to narrow the skills gap continues to be a top priority for employers.”

The unemployment rate edged down from 4.0% in June to 3.9% in July.

BLS also released preliminary June employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, ticked up 0.3% from May. Search and placement jobs totaled 311,200 in June, 4.1% 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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ASA Staffing Index Hits All-Time High for July https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/07/24/asa-staffing-index-hits-all-time-high-for-july/ Tue, 24 Jul 2018 14:25:17 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74176 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, July 2018

The ASA Staffing Index for the week of July 9–15 jumped 6.7% to a rounded value of 98, bouncing back from last week’s holiday dip to a historically high level for the 28th week of the year. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 2.9% higher than the same week last year, accelerating back to a pace of growth the index has not seen for this particular week since 2014. Some survey respondents cited the lingering impact of the Independence Day holiday as a factor that hindered further growth of temporary and contract jobs.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the July monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Aug 3.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average edged up, but remained at a rounded value of 96—the strongest reading for the same period in 11 years. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending July 15 was 2.2% higher year-to-year, also growing at a pace the index has not seen since 2014.

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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Fed: Modest to Moderate Economic Growth; Labor Supply an Obstacle https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/07/19/fed-modest-to-moderate-economic-growth-labor-supply-an-obstacle/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:00:36 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74076 Economic activity continued to expand across the U.S., according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”), with most districts reporting moderate or modest growth. Employment and wages rose at a modest to moderate pace, but districts reported that tight labor markets and the inability to find workers constrained employment growth. Firms added work hours, strengthened retention efforts, partnered with local schools, and converted temporary workers to direct hires. Firms also raised compensation to attract and retain employees. Staffing demand was high or growing in several districts, but labor supply posed a challenge in some cases.

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 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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BLS: Staffing Employment Remains Robust in June https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/07/06/bls-staffing-employment-remains-robust-in-june/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:28:25 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73681 Up 3.2% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment edged up 0.3% from May to June, and was 3.2% higher than in June 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.6% per month in the first six months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 1.4% for the first half of 2017. However, BLS’s initial estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be downwardly revised, according to an American Staffing Association analysis of BLS data.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.1% from May to June. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 3.1% more staffing employees in May than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 213,000 jobs in June (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for April and May, job gains averaged 211,000 per month over the past three months, higher than the average of 200,000 for the prior 12 months.

After reaching an 18-year low of 3.8% in May, the unemployment rate increased to 4.0% in June.

“On the ninth anniversary of the Great Recession’s end, the labor force participation rate ticked up slightly in June as more new job seekers entered the workforce and pushed up the unemployment rate,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “However, with a record high level of 6.7 million job openings, employers across most sectors continue to face serious difficulties in sourcing qualified talent.”

BLS also released preliminary May employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, contracted 0.8% from April. Search and placement jobs totaled 309,600 in May, 3.4% 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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ASA Staffing Index Hits Post-Recession High for June https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/26/asa-staffing-index-hits-post-recession-high-for-june/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:26:57 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73476 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, June 2018

The ASA Staffing Index for the week of June 11–17 rose 0.6% to a rounded value of 98—the strongest reading for the 24th week of the year since 2007, right before the Great Recession. Staffing employment was 1.3% higher than the same week last year, with some survey respondents citing temporary-to-hire conversions as a factor that hindered further growth.

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

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average edged up but remained at a rounded figure of 97, reaching the highest level in 11 years for the same period. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending June 17 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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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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