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 manager of research George Nadareishvili at 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.