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ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Dips Seasonally in December

Staffing employment dipped in the week of Dec. 11–17, with the ASA Staffing Index decreasing by 0.9% to a rounded value of 97. Some staffing companies mentioned seasonal business fluctuations and the holidays as primary factors that limited further growth. Staffing jobs were 8.3% below the same week last year.

New starts in the 50th week of the year were down 2.5% from the prior week. Nearly four in 10 staffing companies (35%) reported gains in new assignments week to week.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average decreased from the prior week to a rounded value of 97, and temporary and contract staffing employment for the four weeks ending Dec. 17 was 8.3% lower than the same period in 2022.

“The ASA Staffing Index saw a slight drop in December, though some holiday frostbite is typical for staffing employment at this time of year,” said Noah Yosif, chief economist at ASA.

This week will be used in the December monthly employment situation report scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Jan. 5, 2024.

Elevate Your Voice—Be an ASA Presenter in 2024

Do you have insights that are essential to the staffing, recruiting, or workforce solutions industry that you’d like to share with the ASA community in 2024? Submit your idea today for your chance to speak at Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, or to present an ASA webinar in 2024.

Staffing World 2024 takes place Oct. 22–24 in Nashville, TN. Slots are available for

  • Breakout Sessions—interactive sessions lasting 60-75 minutes
  • Knowledge Hub Tech Talks—10-minute talks on technology topics
  • Knowledge Hub Speed Talks—10-minute talks on broader industry topics

ASA webinars, virtual programs held throughout the year on Tuesdays, are typically 60 minutes long. For more information and to start your submission, visit The deadline for ASA webinar and Staffing World Breakout Session proposals is Jan. 31, 2024, and the deadline for Staffing World Knowledge Hub talks is May 31.

How Does Your Tech Stack Up?

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, providing innovative new ways to source, engage, select, and hire candidates. Navigating and understanding the technology landscape, however, is a challenge. ASA and Talent Tech Labs conducted an industry-wide survey to understand how staffing firms are leveraging talent acquisition technology—as well as how satisfied they are with specific tools and suppliers.

Take a look at the results for help benchmarking your own firm’s use of technology against your peers and mapping out your firm’s technology roadmap. Learn more at the ASA Staffing Tech Center