Third Quarter Staffing Employment Returns to Prerecession Levels


New Data from Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.26 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2014, up 6.1% from the same period in 2013, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association.

“Staffing industry employment has returned to prerecession levels as businesses continue to increase the size of their flexible and permanent workforces in response to sustained increases in demand for their products and services,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “And, with 4.8 million job openings in the U.S., we see a lot of opportunity for job seekers with marketable skills.”

In a quarter-to-quarter comparison, staffing industry employment was up 3.6% from second quarter to third quarter of this year, adding an average of more than 113,300 workers per week.

Temporary and contract staffing sales were 6.2% higher in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year, totaling $29.45 billion. Third quarter sales were 2.1% higher than in the second 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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About the American Staffing Association (ASA)

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