Online Community

ASA Central

A dynamic online community for ASA members to exchange ideas and best practices, and connect with industry peers in their sector. Visit the site ›
Find Goods & Services

ASA Marketplace

This powerful online resource enables staffing companies to find and access industry supplier information, products and services. Visit the site ›
Daily Publication

Staffing Today Newsletter

Your #1 daily source for news about the workforce industry. With versions available to members and nonmembers. Visit the site ›
Health Care Reform

Affordable Care Act Resources for Staffing

Up-to-date news, resources, interactive tools, and more—all focused on helping ASA members comply with the ACA. Visit the site ›
Advertisers & Exhibitors

Staffing Industry Suppliers

ASA has numerous and diverse marketing opportunities available to help you reach the rapidly growing staffing industry. Visit the site ›
Exclusive Products

ASA Store

From certification packages and study guides to marketing tools and data reports, ASA resources add value to your business. Visit the site ›

U.S. Fourth-Quarter GDP Expanded at 2.2% Pace

Wall Street Journal (03/27/15) Kate Davidson; Ben Leubsdorf

The U.S. economy retreated toward the end of 2014 ahead of a contraction early this year. Gross domestic product rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.2% in the fourth quarter, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a rate that was unchanged from the previous estimate last month. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had expected an upwardly revised figure of 2.4% growth. Economic output in the fourth quarter climbed 2.4% from a year ago, retreating from 2.7% annual growth in the third quarter.

Although consumer spending in the last quarter was the most robust since 2006, business investment and government outlays fell. And many economists cut their first-quarter GDP estimates earlier this week after a disappointing report on business spending and investment. Still, the economy has been performing well enough to add jobs at a strong pace.