Moderate Staffing Job Gains in Second Quarter of 2013
New Data From the ASA Quarterly Employment and Sales Survey
U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.96 million temporary and contract workers per day in the second quarter of 2013, up 1.8% from the same period last year, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. Although the April through June period marked 14 consecutive quarters of year-to-year staffing payroll additions since the recession ended in 2009, job growth has been more muted in the last few quarters.
“The staffing industry is proud of the role that it is playing in continuing to create employment opportunities even in the face of a slowly growing economy,” says Richard Wahlquist, American Staffing Association president and chief executive officer.
In a quarter-to-quarter comparison, staffing firms added nearly 105,000 workers (up 3.7%) from first quarter to second quarter of this year—close to the 10-year average of 3.9% observed for the same period.
Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $26.94 billion in the second quarter of 2013, 2.4% higher than in the same period in 2012. Second quarter sales were $1.06 billion dollars higher than in the first quarter of 2013, up 4.1%.