ASA Staffing Index, September 2013


Staffing employment is up 5.1% compared to the same month last year, according to the ASA Staffing Index.

The index value for the month of September is 100, indicating that staffing employment has experienced a 3.1% increase over the last 30 days. The index is calculated by applying the weekly percentage change in employment to a reference value set at 100 for the week of June 12, 2006. The last time the index was at or above 100 during the second week of September was in 2007 when the index reached 103—meaning that current staffing employment has reached a similar level to that last reported for the week of Sept. 16, 2007.

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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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