Staffing Employment Steady in December


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, December 2018

Staffing employment for the week of Dec. 10–16 decreased 0.7% to a value of 102, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Reasons for the week-to-week decline include seasonal business fluctuations, inclement weather, and temporary-to-hire conversions. Despite these factors, the index held strong, growing 3.0% from the same week last year—the fastest pace of growth for the comparable week since 2014.

Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Dec. 16 was unchanged at 101, 2.4% higher than the same span of weeks in 2017.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the December monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Jan. 4, 2019.

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