ASA Staffing Index Surges to 101 in September


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, September 2018

Staffing employment grew 1.7% the week of Sept. 10–16, according to the ASA Staffing Index, which surged to a rounded value of 101. While businesses recovered from the Labor Day holiday and inclement weather in parts of the country, temporary and contract staffing employment remained robust, advancing 3.8% compared with 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. 5.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average bounced back to a rounded value of 100—exceeding 99 for the third consecutive month. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Sept. 16 increased 3.6% 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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