ASA Staffing Employment & Sales Survey

The ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey is conducted on a quarterly basis and collects information on temporary and contract staffing sales, payroll, and employment. The survey has been conducted since 1992.

Staffing Employment Edges Down in Third Quarter

Staffing Jobs Dropped 1.7% from Second Quarter

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.4 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2023, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association.--down about 41,000 workers from the second quarter of 2023. Year-to-year, staffing jobs declined 14.1% in the third quarter of 2023 from the same period in 2022, while temporary and contract staffing sales decreased 14.5% over that same period to total $34.7 billion in the third quarter of 2023.

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ASA invites all staffing firms operating in the U.S. to participate in the quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey. There are no fees to participate, and those who complete the nine-question survey receive an exclusive report on the results, which includes projections as well as gross margin and sector-level data.
Data is collected for these staffing sectors:

  • Office–Clerical and Administrative
  • Industrial
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Scientific
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management (including executives)
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Legal
  • Other Professional
  • Search and Placement (direct hire placement and special recruiting services)

Quarterly Survey Calendar

Milestone 4Q2022 1Q2023 2Q2023 3Q2023 4Q2023
Survey Opens Jan. 5, 2023 April 6 July 13 Oct. 12 Jan. 11, 2024
Survey Closes Feb. 24, 2023 May 26 Sept. 1 Dec. 1 Feb. 23, 2024
News Release & Participant Report Available March 23, 2023 June 15 Sept. 21 Dec. 19 March 14, 2024