ASA Staffing Index

The ASA Staffing Index tracks weekly changes in temporary and contract employment, based on a survey of small, medium, and large staffing companies that provide services in virtually all sectors of the industry and account for more than one-third of U.S. staffing industry establishments and sales.

Survey results are typically posted nine days after the close of a given work week, providing a near real-time gauge of staffing industry employment and overall economic activity.

View the ASA Staffing Index with historical data as well as other key metrics on the ASA Interactive Data Dashboard »

Subscribe to the Weekly Staffing Index Report

A weekly Staffing Index report is available via email to economists, journalists, analysts, researchers, policy makers, and other industry observers. Contact ASA director of research Cynthia Poole at cpoole@americanstaffing.net to be added to the distribution list.

The ASA Staffing Index as an Economic and Employment Indicator

Many experts agree—and ASA research confirms—that staffing industry employment serves as a coincident economic indicator and a leading indicator of total U.S. nonfarm employment. The ASA Staffing Index bears watching as a near real-time measure of weekly trends in staffing industry employment and current economic conditions, as well as an indicator of future overall employment trends.

What’s behind the ASA Staffing Index?

  • The baseline value for the ASA Staffing Index was set at 100 in June 2006.
  • Results are reported typically nine days after the close of the work week.
  • The methodology mirrors that of the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, based on a model developed by Standard and Poor’s DRI/McGraw Hill in 1992.
  • Data for the index are gathered by Inavero, a market research firm based in Portland, OR. Data are obtained through a secure web-based questionnaire accessed via a customized invitation email sent to participants.
  • Participants receive a weekly email report on the survey results, which includes performance based on company size in four annual sales categories: less than $7.5 million, $7.5–$24.9 million, $25–$99.9 million, and more than $100 million.