August 24, 2021

ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Demand Holds Strong in August

Staffing jobs for the week of Aug. 9–15 edged up 0.4% from the previous week, with the ASA Staffing Index holding at this year’s highest value of 98. Average week-to-week staffing employment growth has held steady since the beginning of June, with exception of the anticipated Independence Day holiday dip. There were 30.6% more staffing jobs compared with the same week in 2020.

Following the surge from the prior week, new starts were up again—3.9% on average, with half (51%) of staffing companies reporting gains in new assignments week-to-week.

“Even with the midsummer dip in temporary and contract employment, demand for staffing services remains strong as we near the end of August,” said Cynthia Davidson, ASA senior director of research.

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. 3.

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Participate in the ASA Quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey—Deadline This Week

The association’s quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey for the second quarter of 2021 closes this Friday, Aug. 27.

Staffing companies that complete the brief survey—including search and placement firms—will have access to an exclusive report on the results, enhanced with graphs. The report, which participants can download from the ASA website, also includes an executive summary, plus sales category and sector-level data.

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The details about the educational sessions at Staffing World® 2021, the ASA annual convention and expo, are available now on the Staffing World website.

Get ready to gather with the staffing community and get strategies to help your business come back better than ever after a year of disruption—review the session descriptions, pick the ones you feel most passionate about, and reserve your spot at the gathering the whole staffing community has been looking forward to.

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