ASA Staffing Index Remains Above 95 in May


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, May 2016

Staffing employment for the week of May 9–15 was relatively unchanged at 95.94, according to the ASA Staffing Index—remaining above 95 for the fourth consecutive week. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.01% higher than the prior week, and was 1.12% lower than the same week last year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the May monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 3.

During the past four weeks, staffing employment averaged 95.90—the highest so far this year. The average was 1.69% lower than the same period last year, which was during one of nearly five consecutive record-high months.

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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