ASA Staffing Index Advances in May


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, May 2017

Staffing employment for the week of May 8–14 increased to 94.77, according to the ASA Staffing Index—maintaining a value above 94 for the fourth consecutive week. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.58% higher than the prior week, and was 1.25% higher 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 2.

Over the past month, the ASA Staffing Index advanced to an average of 94.44—the highest four-week moving average so far this year. Year-to-year, the four-week average grew 0.93%.

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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