ASA Releases “American Staffing 2011: Leading U.S. Job Growth”


Annual Economic Analysis Explains Staffing Industry Trends

The American Staffing Association has released its 2011 economic analysis, “American Staffing 2011: Leading U.S. Job Growth,” an annual report highlighting recent trends in the staffing industry, as well as the industry’s prospects for this year and beyond.

Written by ASA vice president Steven P. Berchem, CSP, the report takes an in-depth look at what staffing employment says about the current economic environment and the future of overall employment; how the Great Recession affected the industry and how quickly it is recovering; and prospects for economic, employment, and industry growth.

Highlights from the analysis:

In the two years after the Great Recession ended in June 2009, U.S. staffing firms created more new jobs than any other industry
U.S. staffing firms hired 9.7 million employees during 2010, 4.1% more than in the prior year
In 2010, temporary and contract staffing sales increased by 21.3%; search and placement sales increased 22.8%
Eight out of 10 temporary and contract employees work full time, about the same proportion as in the overall U.S. work force
Read “American Staffing 2011: Leading U.S. Job Growth” on To obtain a print copy of the report, contact Meghan Ohmart at 703-253-2043 or

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Interviews with Berchem and other ASA executives are available.

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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