Staffing Employment Grew 8 Percent in 2011

Alexandria, Va. — March 6

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.8 million temporary and contract workers per day in 2011, up 8 percent from 2010, according to data by the American Staffing Association.

In 2011, U.S. staffing firms hired 12.9 million temporary and contract employees.

In fourth quarter 2011, average daily staffing employment totaled 2.98 million workers, up 5.2 percent from the third quarter and up 5.8 percent from fourth quarter 2010. The October through December period marked eight consecutive quarters of year-to-year staffing job growth since the recession ended in 2009.

Temporary and contract sales totaled $98.3 billion in 2011, 12.4 percent higher than in 2010. Fourth quarter sales totaled $26.2 billion, up 10 percent from the same quarter last year.

Source: The American Staffing Association