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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Grows in May

Staffing employment increased slightly in the week of May 9–15, though it held at rounded value of 106. Up 0.2% from the previous week, the ASA Staffing Index remains near record highs for this time of the year. Businesses continue to cite Covid-19 as an obstacle to further growth, and several also mention lack of candidates. Staffing jobs were up 11.8% from the same week last year.

New starts also rose in the 19th week of the year, rising 2.5% from the prior week. About four in 10 staffing companies reported gains in new assignments week-to-week.

“Staffing employment continues its strong run into the second quarter of the year,” said Tim Hulley, ASA assistant director of research. “This week’s Staffing Index reading is the second-highest recorded this year and the eighth-highest ever measured.”

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

Free ASA Webinar Today—Managing Mergers and Acquisitions

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “Staffing Mergers and Acquisitions in 2022—The State of the Market.” It takes place today from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Learn about the current state of the market for staffing mergers and acquisitions, and find out how you can maximize value for your firm.

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

One Week Left—Share Your Expertise at Staffing World

Do you have knowledge to share with your industry peers? ASA is looking for experts in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry to share their experience and expertise at Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo.

Submit your proposal by May 31 for a Technology Talk (on technology topics important to the industry) or a Speed Talk (on a general topic important to the industry).

Staffing World 2022 takes place Oct. 25–27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas—learn more and register at