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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Steady in April

Staffing employment for the week of April 12–18 rose 1.4% from the prior week, increasing to a rounded value of 94, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Although there were 55.9% more temporary and contract jobs compared with the same week in 2020, staffing employment levels were steady (+0.3%) relative to the same period in 2019. Covid-19 continues to be mentioned as a factor limiting even further growth.

New starts inched up 0.3% on average, with just under half (47%) of staffing companies reporting gains in new assignments week-to-week.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average maintained a rounded value of 93, for the third consecutive reporting period. Temporary and contract staffing employment mid-March through mid-April expanded 44% compared with the pandemic lows during the same period in 2020.

“Staffing jobs are holding steady and are comparable with 2019 levels—strong evidence of the continued demand for staffing services following the pandemic, when employment plunged to historic lows,” 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 April monthly employment situation report, which is scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 7.

Free ASA Webinar Today—Growing Revenue Consistently

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “Act Now to Predictably Grow Revenue and Market Share.” It takes place today from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Learn how to identify and avoid the common challenges that keep companies from maintaining consistent, predictable growth of revenue and market share.

All ASA webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit

Awards Entries Due This Week—Deadline in One Month

The deadline for entries to the ASA Care Awards, ASA Elevate Awards, and ASA National Staffing Employee of the Year (sponsored by StaffPRO3, a division of PMC Insurance Group) programs is May 1. Being named as one of the best in the industry is a valuable tool your company can use to sell to clients and engage with talent.

Earn national recognition for your company—and differentiate your firm—by highlighting your staffing stars and your firm’s outstanding work-based learning programs. Find out more, and submit your entries, at

Two Days Until the ASA Staffing Law Conference

The virtual ASA Staffing Law Conference takes place this week—Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30. It’s the only event dedicated to the legal and regulatory issues facing staffing companies, and the best way to make sure your company has the latest information and resources it needs to protect your business and take advantage of growth opportunities.

Attendees: Get a preview of the industry suppliers sponsoring the event, and start earning Prize Program points now—visit the Staffing Law Conference Sponsor Showcase.

If you’re not yet registered, Reserve your spot today at Rates are as low as $195.