Moderate Staffing Job Gains in Second Quarter of 2013


New Data From the ASA Quarterly Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.96 million temporary and contract workers per day in the second quarter of 2013, up 1.8% from the same period last year, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. Although the April through June period marked 14 consecutive quarters of year-to-year staffing payroll additions since the recession ended in 2009, job growth has been more muted in the last few quarters.

“The staffing industry is proud of the role that it is playing in continuing to create employment opportunities even in the face of a slowly growing economy,” says Richard Wahlquist, American Staffing Association president and chief executive officer.

In a quarter-to-quarter comparison, staffing firms added nearly 105,000 workers (up 3.7%) from first quarter to second quarter of this year—close to the 10-year average of 3.9% observed for the same period.

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $26.94 billion in the second quarter of 2013, 2.4% higher than in the same period in 2012. Second quarter sales were $1.06 billion dollars higher than in the first quarter of 2013, up 4.1%.

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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 state affiliates 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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