ASA Staffing Index Reaches Highest Value This Year in April


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, April 2016

Staffing employment for the week of April 11–17 edged up to 94.62, according to the ASA Staffing Index— the highest value this year. Temporary and contract staffing employment was up 0.38% from the prior week, and was 2.71% lower than the same week last year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the April monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 6.

During the past four weeks, staffing employment averaged 94.04—3.07% lower than the same period last year, which included four of the 19 consecutive record-high weeks that began in mid-January and continued through mid-May.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA Staffing Starts are the number of temporary and contract employees placed in new assignments during the reporting week. ASA research shows that staffing employment has historically been a coincident economic indicator.

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