Staffing Job Growth Lags in December


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, December 2019

Staffing employment for the week of Dec. 9–15 ticked down 0.7% from the prior week, but remained at a rounded value of 97, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Staffing jobs were down 5.5% from the same week in 2018, and continue to lag behind levels seen in recent years.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average was unchanged at a value of 96. Temporary and contract staffing employment for the four weeks ending Dec. 15 contracted 5.0% from the same period in 2018.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the December monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Jan. 10.

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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