According to the American Staffing Association (ASA), the demand for temporary and contract workers increased significantly from July to August. After 35 years of the ASA collecting data at, analysis shows that temporary help employment growth and gross domestic product is strongest when the economy is coming out of a recession.
Since the end of June, the index has grown in seven consecutive weeks (the longest consecutive growth in 21 months). It is at its highest level this year despite being down overall from June 2006.
The index is evidence that the recession is close to being over.
To get more information about the ASA Staffing Index, go to americanstaffing.net.