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Staffing Employment Declines in Second Quarter

The number of temporary and contract workers employed by U.S. staffing companies declined 4.6% to an average of 2.5 million workers per week from the first to the second quarter of 2023, according to data released today by ASA. The decline represents a deviation from the typical pattern of temporary and contract employment in the U.S., in which staffing employment and sales typically decline in the first quarter, grow in subsequent quarters, and peak in the fourth quarter.

In the face of a slowing economy and continued macroeconomic uncertainty, temporary and contract staffing sales also declined by 4.0% during the same period. Staffing jobs declined 12.2% in the second quarter of 2023 from the same period in 2022, while temporary and contract staffing sales decreased 9.1% over that span to total $35.9 billion in the second quarter of 2023.

“The staffing, recruiting, and talent solutions industry faced some headwinds this year as employers across several industry sectors scaled back the massive hiring they undertook in 2021 and much of 2022,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA chief executive officer. “Nevertheless, demand for labor remains healthy, and the staffing industry continues to play an important in providing talent solutions to companies and impactful employment opportunities to millions of American workers every day. Looking ahead, survey respondents from private staffing firms are cautiously optimistic about demand picking up, with median projected year-over-year fourth quarter results expected to be flat compared with 2022.”

Next Week at Staffing World—Learn How to Recruit the Right Candidates

Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, is where the staffing community comes together to make strategic connections, learn about new strategies, and get solutions that fuel growth and accelerate success. This year’s event takes place next week—Oct. 3–5 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

One learning session you won’t want to miss is “Level Up Your Recruitment Marketing to Compete (and Win).” In this session, participants will take an in-depth look at recruitment marketing, which basically means “getting the right candidate to apply to your job.” Looking at all four pillars of recruitment marketing (career sites, job advertising, social recruiting, and employer branding), you’ll get actionable takeaways to help your staffing company level up your recruitment marketing and create a world-class plan to beat your competition and engage the candidates you need.

Get ready to get together with the brightest minds in the staffing community—visit for more information and to register.