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Staffing Employment Holds Steady in Third Quarter

Staffing jobs rose 2.1% year-to-year in the third quarter of 2022, and U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.8 million temporary and contract workers per week, according to data released today by ASA. Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $39.0 billion in the third quarter, an increase of 7.9% from the third quarter of 2021.

“Demand for staffing services remains healthy amid a tight labor market and continued economic uncertainty,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “U.S. businesses recognize that staffing companies are uniquely equipped to meet the hiring challenges of today and provide them with the workers and the workforce agility they need to compete, grow, and thrive in the year ahead.”

Staffing employment and sales have historically seen quarter-to-quarter gains following first quarter declines. Third-quarter data have shown a slight deviation from this trend—staffing jobs edged down by 0.3% (about 9,000 jobs) quarter-to-quarter, but temporary and contract staffing sales grew by 1.4%.

Free ASA State of the Industry Webinar Today

Don’t miss today’s ASA State of the Industry webinar, 2–3 p.m. Eastern time. ASA and ClearlyRated, the association’s satisfaction survey partner, will present the fourth and final installment of 2022, looking at issues related to internal employees. Topics addressed include employee engagement, attrition, investments in personal and professional development, hybrid and remote work, and knowing when to trim or add to your workforce.

All ASA webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit

The Latest From Your Colleagues on ASA Central

ASA Central—the dynamic online community just for staffing professionals—is home to more than 27,000 staffing professional profiles and countless ongoing industry conversations.

This week, take a look at your colleagues’ discussions and some of the blogs they’ve posted on ASA Central:

Get involved with the community—update your profile today so you can network with colleagues, join a section community, recommend and comment on your colleagues’ posts, and share your own blog or discussion post. Log in to ASA Central now.