Staffing Employment Edges Down in February


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, February 2020

Staffing employment for the week of Feb. 10–16 eased 0.34% from the prior week, decreasing for the fourth week in a row, according to the ASA Staffing Index. A few survey respondents cited temporary-to-hire conversions and the Presidents Day holiday as factors limiting growth. Staffing jobs were down 6.9% from the same week last year, yet remained at a rounded value of 87—just below the historical average of 88 for the comparative week.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average decreased slightly to a value of 87. Temporary and contract staffing jobs for the four weeks ending Feb. 16 were down 6.5% from the same period last year.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the February monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 6.

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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