ASA Staffing Index Tops 99 in December


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, December 2016

Staffing employment for the week of Dec. 12–18 edged down to 99.25, according to the ASA Staffing Index, but remained above 99 for the third consecutive week. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.26% lower than the prior week, and was 1.27% lower than the same week last year.

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

The four-week moving average for the ASA Staffing Index increased slightly, to 98.44, and was 0.96% lower than the comparable period of last year.

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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