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ASA Staffing Index, January 2011

Staffing employment in January is 13% higher than in the same month last year, according to the ASA Staffing Index.

The index for January is 89, down 12 index points from 101 in December, suggesting that U.S. staffing employment has decreased 12% over the past month. Staffing employment is typically lowest in January and grows throughout the year. To view weekly index data, visit americanstaffing.net.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a virtual real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator and leading employment indicator, especially when the economy is emerging from a recession. Data for the index are gathered by ASA research partner Inavero, a market research firm based in Portland, OR.

For more information, visit the ASA newsroom. You can also follow ASA on Twitter attwitter.com/staffingtweets.

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The American Staffing Association promotes legal, ethical, and professional practices for the $61 billion U.S. staffing industry. ASA members account for 85% of U.S. staffing industry sales and operate some 14,000 offices throughout the nation. Two million Americans go to work for U.S. staffing companies every business day.

Founded to promote flexible employment opportunities and ensure the quality of staffing services, ASA has been the voice of the U.S. staffing industry since 1966. Members provide a wide range of employment services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting. ASA and its affiliated chapters promote the interests of the industry through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the establishment of high standards of ethical conduct.

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