The staffing index of the American Staffing Association has risen in
recent weeks. The index stood at 83 starting in mid October and jumped to 85 by mid November.
The 85 reading is still about 10% below year-ago numbers indicating that the job market remains weak. However, demand for workers has picked up 21% since July according to the American Staffing Association.
The staffing industry is considered a leading indicator for the overall performance of the general job market. Typically, a rise in temporary hiring usually precedes
an increase in general hiring. With a current U.S. unemployment rate at the highest it's been in 26 years
(10.2 %) this is welcome