ASA Staffing Index Growth Continues in September


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, September 2017

Staffing employment for the week of Sept. 11–17 surged to 97.26, according to the ASA Staffing Index, surpassing a value of 97 for the first time this year. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 1.46% higher than the prior week, with some survey respondents citing temporary-to-hire conversions and the effect of hurricane activity as conditions that hindered growth. Staffing employment was 1.89% higher than the same week last year.

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

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average increased from 96.00 to 96.24. It has remained at or above a value of 96 for the past six periods. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Sept. 17 was 0.98% year-to-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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