2018 August Staffing Index
2018 August Staffing Index and BLS Report Data
The American Staffing Association and the Bureau of Labor Statistics have released statistics and index information for August 2018 across industries including staffing. Below the new index and industry fluctuations in categories are reported.
The BLS August numbers have shown increases in the following from 1.8 to 27.6. Numbers reported are in the thousands. Professional and Business Services increased 53 from 21,009 to 21,062. Professional and Technical Services from July to August 2018 increased 27.6 from 9,247.8 to 9,275.4. Management and Technical Consulting Services increased 6.4 from 1,450.8 to 1,457.2. Other Professional and Technical Services saw a minor increase of 1.8 from 739.5 to 741.3. Management of Companies and Enterprises increased 4.7 from 2,331.8 to 2,336.5. Computer Systems Design and Related Services increased 3.9 from 2,110.9 to 2,114.8. Temporary Help Services increased by 10 from 3,037.1 to 3,047.1. Business Support Services again showed an increase of 3.2 from 910.4 to 913.6.
American Staffing August 2018 Index Report Information
The staffing index reached a rounded figure of 101 for the week of August 6th through the 12th for the first time since 2006 before entering the month of September. This marked the third consecutive week with record highs for comparable weeks. The four weeks ending on August 12th demonstrated the fastest rate of growth year-to-year since 2014. The moving average increased to 100. Temporary and contract staffing was up 3.9% compared to the same week of 2017. The staffing index for the four weeks ending on September 9th remained at 99, which demonstrates a 3.5% increase over the same period in 2017.
Both the ASA Staffing Index and BLS Economic Report show increases in the staffing, consulting, and technical staffing sectors indicating opportunities in these sectors. September forecast indicates an expected positive trend in these industries, and sectors.
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