April 21, 2020

ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Jobs Hit Historic Low Amid Pandemic

Staffing jobs for the week of April 6–12 contracted 4.9% from the prior week, decreasing to a rounded value of 62, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Not surprisingly, survey respondents continue to mention the Covid-19 pandemic as the predominant factor for the decline. Year-to-year, staffing employment was down 34.2% and the lowest level seen for any week since the inception of the index in 2006.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average fell to a rounded value of 70. Temporary and contract staffing employment for the period ending April 12 was 25.3% lower than the same period in 2019.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the April monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 8.

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Why does corporate culture matter? Having a corporate culture that’s clearly defined and consistently demonstrated can help your staffing firm build its leadership capabilities and boost overall development. Find out how to establish the foundation for successful growth during the ASA webinar “Culture and Leadership: The Foundation for Sustained Growth.” It takes place Tuesday, April 28, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.

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Network With Industry Peers Online—Sector Networking Calls This Month

As your staffing firm faces new challenges and tries to answer unexpected questions, get insight from industry peers within your sector of the industry. ASA is hosting sector-specific peer networking calls for each membership section so members can discuss top-of-mind challenges and devise solutions. Calls are facilitated by volunteers from ASA section communities (participants will not receive official legal updates or guidance regarding Covid-19).

Get the full schedule and register at americanstaffing.net:

  • Industrial section: Tuesday, April 21, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Professional–managerial section: Wednesday, April 22, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Health care section: Thursday, April 23, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Office–administrative section: Tuesday, April 28, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Search and placement section: Wednesday, April 29, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Engineering, IT, and scientific section: Thursday, April 30, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time

Networking calls are open to members of ASA sections, which are sector-specific communities that provide resources, webinars, town hall forums, and sector-specific news for member companies and their employees. To join a section, update your profile on ASA Central.

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