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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Growth Slows in April

Staffing employment eased to a rounded value of 104 in the week of April 11–17. Falling 1.0% from the previous week, the ASA Staffing Index dipped below 105 for the first time since early February. Staffing firms pointed to April holidays and school breaks as constraints on further growth. Despite the pullback, staffing jobs were up 10.8% from the same week last year.

New starts also fell in the 15th week of the year, decreasing 3.2% from the prior week. About three in 10 staffing companies reported gains in new assignments week-to-week.

“While school breaks and holidays were a barrier to growth in April, staffing employment maintains a double-digit margin over the level seen last year,” said Tim Hulley, ASA assistant director of research.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the April monthly employment situation report scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 6.

Earn Recognition for Your Employee Training Programs—Deadline This Week

Celebrate standout talent—nominate outstanding performers for the ASA National Staffing Employee of the Year and Sector All-Stars program (sponsored by StaffPRO3, a division of PMC Insurance Group). The program honors current or former temporary or contract employees who best exemplify the promise of staffing employment. Award recipients will be recognized at Staffing World® and in ASA publications.

Highlight your company’s temporary employee training program—enter the ASA Elevate Awards. The program celebrates the most innovative and effective work-based learning programs designed specifically for temporary and contract employees.

The deadline for applications is May 1. To learn more about ASA awards programs, visit

Connect With Women Staffing Leaders at THRIVE Next Month

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. Brought to you by the ASA women in leadership interest group, it takes place Thursday, May 12, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Hear from keynote speaker Shennice Cleckley, who will explain how you can embrace work–life harmony so you can prioritize what’s important for you and choose what’s best for your life based on who you want to be and where you want to go.

Learn more and register at The ASA women in leadership interest group is sponsored by ASA corporate partners Bullhorn and Essential StaffCARE, and by Anthem, Assurance, ClearEdge Marketing, Mee Derby, Sense, Textkernel, WorkLlama, and WorkN.