Staffing Jobs Bounce Back in September


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, September 2019

Staffing jobs for the week of Sept. 9–15 surged 3.1% from the prior week to reach a value of 97 for the first time this year, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Some survey respondents cited the lingering impact of the Labor Day holiday, seasonal business fluctuations, and temporary-to-hire conversions as factors that hindered further growth. Staffing employment was 4.3% lower than the same week last year, with the latest reading narrowing the year-to-year gap from the prior week’s -5.6%.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average held at a value of 95. Staffing jobs for the four weeks ending Sept. 15 were down 4.7% from the same period last year, remaining below 2018 record highs.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the September monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Oct. 4.

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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