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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Holds Strong in March

Staffing employment for the week of March 8–14 was relatively unchanged (+0.05%) from the prior week, according to the ASA Staffing Index, yet there were 11.2% more staffing jobs compared with the same week in 2020. The ongoing effects of Covid-19 were mentioned as a factor limiting even further growth. Four in 10 staffing firms (46%) reported increases in temporary and contract employment.

New starts were down 6.4% on average, with three in 10 staffing companies (32%) reporting gains in new assignments week-to-week.

“While the upward trend in staffing jobs that appeared to be emerging last month has flattened, temporary and contract employment is holding steady at levels well above the start of the pandemic in 2020,” said Cynthia Davidson, senior director of research for the American Staffing Association.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the March monthly employment situation report, which is scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics April 2.

Submit Your Care Awards Entry—Deadline Approaching

People want to work for, and businesses want to partner with, socially responsible companies. Earn national recognition for your company—and leverage that recognition to differentiate your firm in your most competitive markets—by entering the ASA Care Awards.

This prestigious program recognizes outstanding social responsibility initiatives among ASA member companies. These initiatives serve local communities as well as drive employee engagement.
Visit to watch a video showcasing past winners and to find out more about preparing your entry.

ASA is also accepting applications for ASA Elevate Awards and the ASA National Staffing Employee of the Year and Sector All-Stars. The deadline for all submissions is May 1, and there are no fees to enter.

Don’t Miss THRIVE, a Virtual Event for Women in Staffing, on May 19

Are you a woman looking for ways to grow your leadership skills and expand your professional reach? ASA THRIVE will deliver valuable content designed especially for women in the staffing industry. Learn from and connect with standout women leaders in a collaborative virtual environment.

At the second virtual ASA THRIVE, keynote speaker Heather Monahan will teach you how to build confidence, make a plan to help others create confidence, and spark systemic and lasting change within your organization. It takes place Wednesday, May 19, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Rates start at $70 for members. Learn more and register at

ASA Issue Paper Discusses Temporary and Contract Employee Eligibility for New COBRA Subsidies

ASA has published an issue paper that discusses the new federal COBRA subsidy under the recently enacted $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The subsidy covers 100% of the COBRA premiums for employees and other qualified beneficiaries who have lost their health insurance due to an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours. The paper, available to ASA members, discusses the basics of the subsidy rules and examines the key question of when, if at all, temporary employees will be considered to have been involuntarily terminated for purposes of COBRA eligibility.