Staffing Employment Shows Steady Growth in Third Quarter


Results of Third Quarter Employment and Sales Survey

Staffing employment increased 2.4% from the second to the third quarter of this year, according to data released today from the American Staffing Association’s third quarter Staffing Employment and Sales Survey.

U.S. staffing firms employed an average of 2.82 million temporary and contract workers per day from July through September—5.2% more workers than the third quarter of 2010. This is the seventh consecutive quarter of year-to-year staffing employment growth since the industry began its recovery from the 2007–09 recession.

“The increase in staffing employment in the third quarter is a positive indicator that the economy is still in an expansion mode,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “However, given the unevenness of the recovery over the past year, businesses remain cautious about adding back too many permanent workers too soon. Many are increasing their use of flexible staffing solutions as they experience upticks in demand for their goods and services.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales also showed solid gains in the third quarter, totaling $25.2 billion, an increase of 4.2% over what was reported for the second quarter of this year. In a year-over-year comparison, sales in the third quarter were 9.0% higher than during the same period in 2010.

See the ASA Web site for more details about the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey.

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