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 Employment Remains Robust in June

Up 3.2% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment edged up 0.3% from May to June, and was 3.2% higher than in June 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.6% per month in the first six months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 1.4% for the first half of 2017. However, BLS’s initial estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be downwardly revised, according to an American Staffing Association analysis of BLS data.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.1% from May to June. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 3.1% more staffing employees in May than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 213,000 jobs in June (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for April and May, job gains averaged 211,000 per month over the past three months, higher than the average of 200,000 for the prior 12 months.

After reaching an 18-year low of 3.8% in May, the unemployment rate increased to 4.0% in June.

“On the ninth anniversary of the Great Recession’s end, the labor force participation rate ticked up slightly in June as more new job seekers entered the workforce and pushed up the unemployment rate,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “However, with a record high level of 6.7 million job openings, employers across most sectors continue to face serious difficulties in sourcing qualified talent.”

BLS also released preliminary May employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, contracted 0.8% from April. Search and placement jobs totaled 309,600 in May, 3.4% higher than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit 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

Lone Oaky Payroll

American Staffing Association Home