Online Community

ASA Central

A dynamic online community for ASA members to exchange ideas and best practices, and connect with industry peers in their sector. Visit the site ›
Find Goods & Services

ASA Marketplace

This powerful online resource enables staffing companies to find and access industry supplier information, products and services. Visit the site ›
Daily Publication

Staffing Today Newsletter

Your #1 daily source for news about the workforce industry. With versions available to members and nonmembers. Visit the site ›
Health Care Reform

Affordable Care Act Resources for Staffing

Up-to-date news, resources, interactive tools, and more—all focused on helping ASA members comply with the ACA. Visit the site ›
Advertisers & Exhibitors

Staffing Industry Suppliers

ASA has numerous and diverse marketing opportunities available to help you reach the rapidly growing staffing industry. Visit the site ›
Exclusive Products

ASA Store

From certification packages and study guides to marketing tools and data reports, ASA resources add value to your business. Visit the site ›

BLS: Staffing Employee Hiring Rises in November

Up 3.9% From a Year Ago, Maintaining Steady Pace of Growth

Temporary help employment grew 0.6% from October to November, and was 3.9% higher than in November 2016, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 4.1% per month over the past 11 months, significantly higher than the average of 1.4% for all of 2016, as reported by BLS earlier this year following a series of downward adjustments.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.1% from October to November. Year-to-year, there were 4.0% more staffing employees in November than in the same month last year.

“Business confidence is up and a majority of employers report they are planning on expanding their talent pools in the year ahead,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “The advice to job seekers is don’t wait until January to begin connecting with recruiters. You will have less competition in December and a better chance to hit the ground running with a new job in the new year.”

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 228,000 jobs in November (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for September and October, job gains averaged 170,000 per month over the past three months, slightly more than the average of 167,00 for the prior 12 months.

The November unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1%.

BLS also released preliminary October employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, were unchanged from September. Search and placement jobs totaled 293,100 in October, 0.3% lower than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

# # #

About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

American Staffing Association Home