Second Quarter Staffing Employment Lags Last Year’s High; Demand Remains Steady


New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.1 million temporary and contract workers per week in the second quarter of 2019, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association—remaining above three million for 21 consecutive quarters.

Staffing employment decreased 3.4% in the second quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018, which was an 18-year high for the second quarter.

“Although down slightly from last year’s high, staffing employment remained on par with the second quarter average of recent years,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “And while the demand for temporary and contract employees is still very good across most sectors, industry growth is being constrained by a shortage of qualified talent in a very tight labor market.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $34.1 billion in the second quarter of 2019, down 1.4% from the same quarter last year.

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment grew 0.9% from the first quarter to the second quarter. Temporary and contract staffing sales increased 3.8%.

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