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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Holds Steady in September

Staffing employment edged up in the week of Sept. 11-17, with the ASA Staffing Index increasing by 1.1% to a rounded value of 101. Many staffing companies listed a holiday as a barrier preventing further growth. Staffing jobs were 4.9% below the same week last year.

New starts in the 37th week of the year rose 5.9% from the prior week. Almost half of all staffing companies (49%) reported gains in new assignments week to week.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average increased from the prior week to hold at a rounded value of 101, and temporary and contract staffing employment for the four weeks ending Sept. 17 was 4.8% lower than the same period in 2022.

“Staffing employment continues to trend below 2022 but above levels seen in the spring of 2023,” said Tim Hulley, assistant research director at ASA.

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

Free ASA Webinar Today—How to Sell Your Business

Don’t miss today’s ASA webinar “Selling a Staffing Business: Preparations and Considerations for Success,” 2–3 p.m. Eastern time. Attorneys James Rieger and Jason Rimland of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP will detail the considerations, challenges, and nuances of preparing your staffing firm for sale. Sponsored by Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP.

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 From Today, Join Your Peers in Charlotte for Staffing World

There’s still time to register for Staffing World® 2023, the industry’s premier learning and networking event. ASA-certified professionals can earn up to 22.75 continuing education hours at the ASA annual convention and expo, Oct. 3–5 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

Get the details about the more than 30 educational sessions in 12 major content categories, the industry’s largest expo, and more—then register at

ASA Needs Volunteers—Sign Up on ASA Central

Are you looking for opportunities to contribute your skills and insights in the staffing industry, and serve as an industry leader? ASA is currently seeking dedicated members for volunteer committees and councils.

ASA needs your skills, insight, and unique perspective so it can continue to provide timely, valuable resources to members. Apply for a volunteer opportunity to work directly with other members, learn about workforce trends and best practices, and build on your experience to become a thought leader with the association. Log in to ASA Central and visit the volunteer page to find an opportunity that fits your interests.