Staffing Employment Sees Highest Third Quarter in 15 Years


New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.32 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2015, up 1.8% from the same period in 2014. Average weekly employment this July through September was the highest for any third quarter since 2000 and the second highest number of staffing employees since the inception of the ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey in 1992.

“Staffing employment continues to grow as the demand for talent increases,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “And, with 5.4 million job openings in the U.S., there are lots of opportunities for job seekers looking for flexible or permanent positions.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $30.69 billion in the third quarter of 2015—4.2% higher compared with the same period last year.

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment and sales were up 2.5% from second to third quarter.

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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