Staffing industry posts record quarter

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U.S. staffing companies reported that a record number of temporary workers were employed during second quarter, according to the American Staffing Association.

America‘s staffing companies employed an average of 2.4 million temporary and contract workers per day from April through June. That’s an increase of 23.3 percent from the same quarter last year and an improvement of 18.0 percent over the first quarter of 2010.

Staffing sales in the second quarter of this year totaled $16.9 billion, according to ASA survey results—a 32.8 percent increase over the same period last year. This is the largest year-to-year percentage increase recorded since ASA began tracking industry sales on a quarterly basis in 1992.

“Even as the pace of economic growth slowed, staffing firms added 360,000 new jobs during the second quarter,” says ASA president and chief executive officer Richard Wahlquist.

He called the quarterly report an encouraging sign that there is “still some juice left in this recovery.”

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