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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Holds Steady in August

Staffing employment was essentially unchanged in the week of Aug. 8–14, rising just 0.02% to hold at a rounded value of 107—a record for the month of August. Staffing companies cited a variety of factors including Covid-19, seasonal business fluctuations, and lack of candidates as barriers preventing further growth. Staffing jobs were up 8.7% from the same week last year.

“Staffing employment remains at a high level,” said Tim Hulley, ASA assistant director of research.

New starts also held steady in the 32nd week of the year, edging up 0.7% from the prior week. Four in 10 staffing companies reported gains in new assignments week-to-week.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average inched up slightly from the prior week to hold at a rounded value of 107, as temporary and contract staffing employment for the four weeks ending Aug. 14 was 9.0% higher than the same period in 2021.

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. 2.

Free ASA Webinar Today—Lessons From Women Leaders

Don’t miss the webinar “Women in Leadership C-Suite Series: CIO Panel,” presented by the ASA women in leadership interest group. It takes place today from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Learn about the career paths of female leaders in the staffing industry—from Express Employment International, Kelly, Manpower Group, and System One. 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.

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

Register Now for Staffing World—Savings End in One Month

Join your peers at Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, Oct. 25–27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss your chance to make strategic connections and get solutions to fuel your growth and success—and see Earvin “Magic” Johnson in person when he delivers the opening keynote presentation.

When you bring your team you’ll save even more—the discount for multiple full registration packages has increased this year to 15%.

Register at by Sept. 23—after that date, rates will increase.