ASA Staffing Index Above 98 in October


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, October 2017

Staffing employment for the week of Oct. 9–15 edged up to 98.61, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.09% higher than the prior week, with some survey respondents citing temporary-to-hire conversions as a condition that impeded growth. Staffing employment was 1.32% higher than the same week last year.

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

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average increased from 98.06 to 98.40, the strongest reading so far in 2017. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Oct. 15 was 1.88% 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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