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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Plateaus in April

Staffing employment rose slightly in the week of April 10–16, with the ASA Staffing Index increasing by 0.1% but holding at a rounded value of 97. Several staffing companies mentioned a holiday as a barrier preventing further growth. Staffing jobs were 6.8% below the same week last year.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average nudged down from the prior week but held at a rounded value of 98, and temporary and contract staffing employment for the four weeks ending April 16 was 7.1% lower than the same period in 2022.

New starts in the 15th week of the year increased by 2.5% from the prior week. Four in 10 staffing companies (40%) reported week-to-week gains in new assignments.

“Staffing employment has softened since the beginning of February, but current levels still remain above those seen in 2021,” said Tim Hulley, ASA assistant director of research.

This week will be used in the April monthly employment situation report scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 5.

Free ASA Webinar Today—Developing Your Direct Hire Services

Don’t miss the ASA webinar “Understanding the Formula to Building a Profitable Desk.” It takes place today from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Whether you are just thinking about adding a direct hire practice for your staffing firm, have struggled to grow your existing direct hire business, or want tips for running your search practice effectively, Tom Erb of Tallann Resources will teach you how to build a sustainable and profitable direct hire desk. Presented by the ASA direct hire section.

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

Is Your Company Award-Winning? Make This Your Year to Shine at a National Level

Gain national recognition for your company—and leverage that recognition to differentiate your firm in your most competitive markets—by participating in the American Staffing Association’s prestigious professional recognition programs. ASA is now accepting applications for the ASA Care Awards, ASA Elevate Awards, and National Staffing Employee of the Year.

  • The ASA Care Awards recognize outstanding social responsibility initiatives among ASA member companies.
  • The ASA Elevate Awards recognize outstanding, innovative, and effective work-based learning programs that train, reskill, and upskill temporary and contract talent.
  • The ASA National Staffing Employee of the Year and Sector All-Stars program honors individuals nominated by ASA member companies who best exemplify one or more of the staffing industry’s key messages—bridge and flexibility.

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. To learn more and submit a nomination, visit The deadline for applications is May 19.