U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.13 million temporary and contract workers per week in the second quarter of 2017, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment was up 1.9% from the first quarter to the second quarter.
Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $33.17 billion in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 3.5% from the first quarter.
On a year-to-year basis, staffing employment contracted (-1.4%) in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. Temporary and contract staffing sales in the second quarter were 4.0% higher than the same quarter in 2016.
“Average weekly staffing employment has exceeded three million for 13 consecutive quarters,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Although demand remains healthy for temporary and contract employees across most sectors, staffing companies are facing the same shortages of qualified talent as other businesses.”
Interviews with ASA executives are available.