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Staffing Employment Continues Growth in Second Quarter

Results of Second Quarter Employment and Sales Survey

Staffing employment increased 5.4% from the first to the second quarter of this year, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. This is the sixth straight quarter of temporary and contract employment growth since the industry began its recovery from the 2007–2009 recession.

“The U.S. staffing industry had a healthy second quarter as businesses continued to turn to flexible work force solutions to meet increases in demand for their products and services,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “For job seekers the news is also encouraging, as staffing and recruiting firms added more than 200,000 new jobs in the past 12 months.”

American staffing firms employed an average of 2.8 million temporary and contract workers from April through June—8.6% more workers than in the second quarter of 2010.

Temporary and contract staffing sales also showed solid gains in the second quarter, totaling $24.2 billion, 6.0% more than what was reported for the first three months of this year. In a year-over-year comparison, sales in the second quarter were 12.6% higher than during the same period in 2010.

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The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. ASA members provide the full range of employment and work force services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting.

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