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BLS: Staffing Employment Flat in July but up 4.5% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment showed little change from June to July (-0.3%), according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staffing employment was 4.5% higher than in July 2014. Over the past 12 months, year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 5.7%.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment decreased 1.1% from June to July. Year-to-year, there were 5.4% more staffing employees in July than in the same month last year.

“Staffing firms across several sectors report continued tightening of the labor supply of qualified candidates,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “At the same time, there has been an increase in temporary-to-hire conversions and demand for recruiting permanent candidates. This is positive for job seekers looking for a bridge to permanent work.”

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 215,000 jobs in July (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for May and June, the data showed that monthly job gains averaged 235,000 over the past three months, less than the average of 246,000 for the prior 12 months.

The unemployment rate held at 5.3% in July.

NFIB: Small-Business Job Creation Continues to Be Anemic

MarketWatch (08/06/15) Greg Robb

Job creation was weak in July, according to a survey from the National Federation for Independent Business. Hiring intentions rose three points to a net 12% on a seasonally adjusted basis. Twenty-five percent of respondents reported job openings in July, up one point from June, but four points below the highest reading for the year.

“July’s anemic jobs reading offers little to no support for a lower unemployment rate,” says Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB’s chief economist.

Staffing World® Advance Program in the Mail Now

The ASA annual convention and expo is quickly approaching—it takes place Oct. 27–29 in Nashville, TN. To maximize your Staffing World experience, check out the Staffing World 2015 Advance Program, which is now in the mail. It includes daily schedules, workshop descriptions, networking events, and a preview of exhibitors.

Find the information you need and register for Staffing World today at You’ll save up to $150 per person when you register by Sept. 11. Plus, save 10% when you bring your team. ASA members get a discount, so join ASA and save even more.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending Aug. 2.


Naperville, IL

CyQuest Business Solutions Inc.

Atlanta, GA

Etowah Employment

Rome, GA

ICON Medical Network

Tualatin, OR

Pinnacle Growth Advisors

Scottsdale, AZ

Trusted Transportation Solutions

Haddon Heights, NJ

Wisconsin Industrial Staffing

Appleton, WI

Is your firm interested in joining ASA? Contact the membership department at 703-253-2020 or