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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Dips Due to Pandemic

Staffing employment for the week of March 9–15 eased 0.6% from the prior week, edging down to a value of 85, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Survey respondents cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the main factor contributing to the contraction. Temporary and contract staffing jobs were down 8.1% from the same week last year and below the historical average of 88 for the comparative week.

The ASA Staffing Index average for the four weeks ending March 15 held at a rounded value of 86, although temporary and contract staffing jobs were down 7.2% from the same period in 2019.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the March monthly employment situation report scheduled that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics April 3.

Recording Available—Free ASA Webinar on the Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, the president signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which temporarily provides for expanded paid leave for employees. During the ASA webinar “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act—What It Means for Staffing Firms,” a panel of attorneys discussed the law’s leave mandates and looked at staffing firms’ obligations under the new law.

If you missed the webinar, you can access the on-demand recording for free. This webinar is sponsored by Essential StaffCARE.

Help Prevent Workplace Harassment; Comply With the Law

Provide training for temporary workers—and comply with the law—with cost-effective and state-specific training. ASA has introduced a comprehensive online course specifically for staffing company use.

ASA has partnered with Kantola Training Solutions to provide full-service training for the temporary workers staffing companies employ. It allows you to track candidate and employee progress, download status reports, and more. The training was co-developed with Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment law firm.

Visit for details. ASA members receive a discount.