Staffing Employment Holds Strong in November


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, November 2018

Staffing employment for the week of Nov. 11–18 was relatively unchanged (-0.1%), holding at a rounded value of 103 for the fifth consecutive week, according to the ASA Staffing Index. It is the first time since 2014 that the index reading has been this high for the 46th week of the year. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 2.1% higher than the same week last year.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average changed little (103). This reading has only once been higher for the same span of weeks during the past 11 years. Staffing employment for four weeks ending Nov. 18 was 2.8% higher year-to-year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the November monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Dec. 7.

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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