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Staffing Jobs 5.4% Higher Year-to-Year in Second Quarter of 2012

New Data From the ASA Quarterly Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.91 million temporary and contract workers per business day during the second quarter of 2012, according to recent data released by the American Staffing Association.

“Even in the face of a very stubborn jobs recession, staffing and recruiting firms continue to provide the way to work for millions of people each day,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer.

From April through June of this year, the number of temporary and contract workers employed by U.S. staffing firms on an average business day was 5.4% higher compared with the second quarter of 2011. This is the 10th consecutive quarter of year-to-year staffing industry job growth since the recession ended mid-2009.

“As the economy continues to slowly improve, businesses are turning to staffing firms for flexible work force solutions and access to qualified talent,” Wahlquist says.

Temporary and contract staffing sales in the second quarter were 8.9% higher year-to-year compared with the second quarter of last year.

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

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About the ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey
The ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey has been conducted on a quarterly basis since 1992. The survey covers approximately 10,000 establishments (about a third of the industry) and the employment results parallel the establishment surveys of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. ASA provides the only survey-based quarterly estimate of U.S. temporary and contract staffing sales.

About the American Staffing Association
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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