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August 3, 2015
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ASA Staffing Index Edges Up

Staffing employment for the week of July 6-12 rose to 94.34, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment increased 1.27% from the prior week. Survey respondents attribute the increase to the upswing in hiring after the Independence Day holiday. Staffing employment was 2.99% lower than the same week last year. This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the July monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Aug. 7.


Regional Economic Report

New Jersey's slow economic recovery continues, but broadening job gains hold out hope that the expansion is starting to pick up steam." 

In June, the New Jersey unemployment rate gapped down to 6.1%, the lowest rate since October 2008.  A decent rise in the labor force shows that workers are becoming more confident about finding a job in the state.  Still, the progress on the unemployment front has been slow as the rate is well above the nation's 5.3% level.


Job gains, which tanked with the layoffs in the gaming sector, have accelerated over the past fifteen months.  While the 1% increase in payrolls between June 2014 and June 2015 was only one-half the national rate, we are finally seeing gains spread across almost all sectors.  Indeed, in June, only one key component, professional and business services, posted job losses over the year.


Solid employment increases were seen in manufacturing, construction, information services, trade, education and health care.  There was even a small rise in public sector employment, though the state is still cutting back.  That said, the New Jersey has yet to recover all the positions lost in the recession, something the U.S. did over a year ago.  A lot more jobs need to be created if New Jersey is going to get back to national standards.

(Source: Naroff Report)


In This Issue
ASA Staffing Index Edges Up
Support Staffing NJ PAC's Five for Five Campaign
NJSA/MASA Golf Outing September 29th
National Staffing Week
Upcoming Events

NJSA Golf Outing - September 29, 2015


Annual Conference - November 5, 2015
Thanks to Our 2015 Sponsors

Industry Partners Webinar

"The Five for Five - A Better New Jersey for Staffing in 2015!" 

fundraising campaign for Staffing NJ PAC started as of July 1st and extends through August.    


Thanks to the firms and staffing industry leaders who have contributed so far.  Send in your (or your firm's) contribution to Staffing NJ PAC today so that we can maximize NJSA's match!


The staffing industry has to make sure its future is protected by elected officials who understand our industry and value its contribution to building a better future for NJ's businesses and its citizens.


Too many of our elected officials and candidates are unaware of our industry's "good work" and Staffing NJ PAC and NJSA work hard to fix this problem. Help us do more in 2015!


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NJSA/MASA Golf Outing Set for September 29



The NJSA/MASA Annual Golf Outing is set for September 29 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg, NJ.  Sponsorships are available to enhance your marketing exposure to staffing executives in attendance. Over 80 players attended last year.  


National Staffing Week is September 14-20

National Staffing Week is September 14-20...nominate your best employee for Staffing Employee of the Year to be announced at the 2015 NJSA Annual Conference. 


Click here for the nomination form.

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