The American Staffing Association reported today that its weekly Staffing Index of temporary and contract employment increased to a year-to-date high of 89 for the week ending March 18, which was almost 5% above the year-ago level and about 1% above the previous week.  For Week 12, it was the highest reading since 2008 (see chart above), and just slightly below the comparable week in 2007.  As a leading indicator of future, broader-based labor demand, the upward trend in the Staffing Index this year would suggest that conditions in the  labor market will continue to improve going forward.