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Staffing Jobs Continue Growth Trend in First Quarter 2013

New Data From the ASA Quarterly Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.86 million temporary and contract workers per day in the first quarter of 2013, up 2.9% from the same period last year, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. The January through March period marked 13 consecutive quarters of year-to-year staffing job growth since the recession ended in 2009.

“Temporary and contract employment is a good indicator of where the economy is today,” says Richard Wahlquist, American Staffing Association president and chief executive officer. “Most staffing firms expect to see slow but steady growth in the months ahead.”

In a quarter-to-quarter comparison, staffing jobs declined by 148,000 workers (down 4.9%) from fourth quarter 2012 to first quarter 2013—a seasonal employment pattern that is typical of this time of year.

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $25.88 billion in the first quarter of 2013, 3.4% higher than in the same period in 2012. First quarter sales were $924 million dollars lower than in the fourth quarter of 2012, down 3.4%.

See the ASA website 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, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit

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