Staffing employment in December is 0.8% higher than it was in November, according to the ASA Staffing Index.
The index for December is 93, up one point from the 92 reported for November. With the exception of the typical dip experienced during the July 4 holiday period, weekly index data show that staffing employment has been modestly edging upward since February.
Comparing the index for December 2011 to December 2010 shows staffing employment unchanged year-to-year (0.0%).
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. Data for the index are gathered by ASA research partner Inavero, a market research firm based in Portland, OR.
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