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Staffing employment rose 5.4 percent in the second quarter from the first quarter and 8.6 percent from the second quarter of last year, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. This is the sixth straight quarter of temporary and contract employment growth since the industry began its recovery from the 2007–2009 recession.
American staffing firms employed an average of 2.8 million temporary and contract workers from May through June.
“The U.S. staffing industry had a healthy second quarter as businesses continued to turn to flexible workforce solutions to meet increases in demand for their products and services,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “For job seekers the news is also encouraging, as staffing and recruiting firms added more than 200,000 new jobs in the past 12 months.”