ASA Releases 2013 Economic Analysis of Staffing Industry Trends


The American Staffing Association has released its 2013 economic analysis, “Navigating the 1% Economy.” Written by ASA chief operating officer Steven P. Berchem, CSP, the report takes an in-depth look at recent staffing employment trends and what these suggest about the current economic environment and future labor market conditions.

Highlights from the analysis:

  • During the past four years, staffing firms have added close to one million new jobs to the U.S. economy, far outpacing virtually every sector and industry
  • U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.9 million temporary and contract workers per day in 2012, up 4.1% from 2011
  • Staffing employment in the four-year period following the end of the Great Recession has far outpaced the same period following the last recession
  • There is growing evidence of a structural shift in the way businesses are turning to the staffing industry for talent and work force solutions

Read “Navigating the 1% Economy” on To obtain a print copy of the report, contact Michelle Snyder at 703-253-1151 or m******

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Interviews with Berchem and other ASA executives are available.

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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