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The American Staffing Association's index measuring temporary employment fell to a reading of 81 in the week of Dec. 15 to 21, from 90 in the week of Nov. 10 to 16. The drop in the index indicates a decline in temporary staffing. The index was at 87 in the third week of December 2007.
"The increase in demand for temporary and contract employees that typically occurs throughout the calendar year has not been seen in 2008; however, a decline is typical the third week in December," according to the ASA.
The index measures changes in the number of temporary and contract employees both weekly and monthly. The index's baseline value of 100 was set in June 2006.