Staffing jobs for the week of Aug. 9–15 edged up 0.4% from the previous week, with the ASA Staffing Index holding at this year’s highest value of 98. Average week-to-week staffing employment growth has held steady since the beginning of June, with exception of the anticipated Independence Day holiday dip. There were 30.6% more staffing jobs compared with the same week in 2020.
Following the surge from the prior week, new starts were up again—3.9% on average, with half (51%) of staffing companies reporting gains in new assignments week-to-week.
“Even with the midsummer dip in temporary and contract employment, demand for staffing services remains strong as we near the end of August,” said Cynthia Davidson, ASA senior director of research.
This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the August monthly employment situation report scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Sept. 3.