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Staffing Employment Sees Best First Quarter in Eight Years, Despite Bad Weather

New Data from Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $26.64 billion in the first quarter of 2014, 2.6% higher than in the same period last year.
U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.96 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2014, up 3.2% from the same period in 2013, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. Despite the extraordinary winter weather that adversely affected days worked in much of the U.S., average weekly employment this January through March was higher than in any first quarter since 2006, when it was 3.10 million.

“Businesses continue to turn to staffing companies for flexible workforce solutions and to add staff to keep up with growing demand,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “That means more temporary and long term opportunities for job seekers as more staffing employees bridge to permanent jobs.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $26.64 billion in the first quarter of 2014, 2.6% higher than in the same period last year.

Staffing employment and sales typically peak in the fourth quarter, decline in the first quarter, and grow in subsequent quarters. That seasonal pattern meant that staffing jobs were down 7.0% (224,300 employees) from the fourth quarter to the first, and sales declined 5.9% ($1.67 billion).

See the ASA website for more details about the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, sponsored by ASA research partner CareerBuilder.

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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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