Staffing Jobs Hold Steady in October


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, October 2019

Staffing jobs for the week of Oct. 7–13 changed little from the prior week (-0.05%), remaining at a value of 97 for five consecutive weeks, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Survey respondents cited school breaks and holidays as factors that limited growth. Staffing employment was 4.9% lower than the same week last year, but still on trend with levels seen in prior recent years.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average held at a rounded value of 97. Staffing jobs for the four weeks ending Oct. 13 were down 5.4% from 2018, remaining below last year’s record highs.

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

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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