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Staffing Employment Growth Eased in Third Quarter

New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.24 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2016. Staffing employment growth eased (down 0.6%) compared with the same period in 2015, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association.

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $32.29 billion in the third quarter of 2016—unchanged (0.0%) from the same period in 2015.

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment was up 2.1% from the second quarter to the third quarter, while temporary and contract staffing sales increased 1.2%.

“While industry growth has eased slightly, average weekly staffing employment increased by 68,000 in the third quarter of 2016,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “With the high degree of economic and political uncertainty during the third quarter, businesses remained cautious about increasing the size of their permanent and flexible workforces.”

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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