Staffing employment remained relatively unchanged, contracting 0.1%, in the week of Nov. 11 to 18 — holding at a rounded value of 103 for the fifth consecutive week, according to the American Staffing Association’s staffing index. It is the first time since 2014 that the index reading has been this high for the 46th week of the year.
In addition, the index was up 2.1% compared to the same week last year.
The index’s four-week moving average also remained little changed at a rounded figure of 103; this reading has only once been higher for the same span of weeks during the past 11 years. Staffing employment for the four weeks ended Nov. 18 increased 2.8% year over year.