Second Quarter Staffing Employment Nears Prerecession Levels


New Data from Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.15 million temporary and contract workers per week in the second quarter of 2014, up 5.6% from the same period in 2013, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. Average weekly employment April through June of this year was higher than in any second quarter since 2006, when it was 3.18 million.

“Staffing firm employment is just getting back to prerecession levels as businesses are finally feeling more confident in the economy and in sustainable increases in demand for their products and services,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “And, with 4.7 million job openings in the U.S., job seekers with marketable skills should also be encouraged by the increasing number of employment opportunities across many sectors.”

In a quarter-to-quarter comparison, staffing firm employment was up 6.2% from first quarter to second quarter of this year, adding more than 182,600 workers.

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $28.85 billion in the second quarter of 2014, 6.1% higher than in the same period last year. Second quarter sales were 8.3% higher than in the first quarter of 2014.

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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