Staffing employment is up 4.0% from January 2011 to January 2012, according to the ASA Staffing Index.
The index for January is 86, down seven points from the 93 reported for December, indicating that U.S. staffing employment decreased 7.5% over the past month. Staffing employment is typically lowest during the month of January and grows throughout the year, usually peaking in December. 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. Data for the index are gathered by ASA research partner Inavero, a market research firm based in Portland, OR.
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