Staffing Employment Hits 11-Year High for January


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, January 2019

Staffing employment for the week of Jan. 7–13 grew 4.0% to a rounded value of 94, the strongest reading for the comparable week since 2008, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.3% higher than the same week last year, edging out the prior post-recession high for January.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average decreased from 93 to 91, following the industry’s seasonal pattern. Despite the decline, staffing employment for the four weeks ending Jan. 13 was 1.5% higher than in the same period in 2018.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the January monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Feb. 1.

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