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Staffing Employment Eases in Third Quarter

New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.22 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2017, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment was up 2.9% from the second quarter to the third quarter.

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $33.71 billion in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 1.6% from the second quarter.

On a year-to-year basis, staffing employment eased (-0.7%) in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. Temporary and contract staffing sales in the third quarter were 4.4% higher than the same quarter in 2016.

“Although staffing employment growth was constrained by talent shortages in the third quarter, demand remains steady,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “This is good news for job seekers as businesses will continue turning to staffing companies for flexible workforce solutions.”

For more information on the survey, sponsored by ASA research partner CareerBuilder, visit You can also follow ASA on Twitter.

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