January 23, 2024

ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Begins to Rise in January

After the seasonal end-of-year dip in December, staffing employment rose in the week of Jan. 8–14, with the ASA Staffing Index increasing by 4.0% to a rounded value of 88. Some staffing companies mentioned a holiday and inclement weather as primary factors that limited further growth. Despite two straight weeks of growth, staffing jobs were 12.5% below the same week last year.

New starts in the second week of the year were up 19.2% from the prior week. Almost half of all staffing companies (48%) 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 86, and temporary and contract staffing employment for the four weeks ending Jan. 14 was 9.6% lower than the same period in 2023.

“Staffing employment is rising in line with seasonal patterns of expansion, but its momentum is lagging behind prior years due to accelerated economic headwinds within the broader labor market,” said Noah Yosif, chief economist at ASA.

This week will be used in the January monthly employment situation report scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Feb. 2.

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Vensure Employer Solutions Named ASA Corporate Partner

The American Staffing Association today announced that it has entered into a multiyear corporate partnership with Vensure Employer Solutions, the nation’s largest privately held human resource service and technology provider.

ASA corporate partnerships represent the highest level of support for the association, its members, and the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and talent solutions industry. This strategic collaboration with Vensure, which is driven by its hyper-focused business unit “VensureHR Staffing Alliance,” will support current association projects and services, as well as new initiatives ASA will provide for its members in the coming years. Learn more at americanstaffing.net.

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New ASA Issue Paper Warns of Worker Misclassification Risks in Long-Term Health Care Settings

The new, stricter worker classification rules published by the U.S. Department of Labor (as reported in Staffing Today on Jan. 9 and 11) point up the importance of clients using staffing firms that operate as employers and that classify their temporary workers as W-2 employee, not independent contractors.
A new ASA issue paper focuses on the particular risks of misclassification to workers, clients, and patients in long-term care settings, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities, that serve a vulnerable population.

Industry leaders say that the stakes for long-term care nursing are high, and that failure by policy makers to address the issues will mean a new era in which independent contractors become the new, lower, standard for providing patient care. ASA and its members have been pressing DOL and other regulators to step up their efforts to combat misclassification and encourage all staffing firms to assist in the effort by asking their state labor and workforce departments to take similar action.

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Member Sound Off: Mapping Routes to Sales Success

How have staffing firm sales processes changed over the past few years? Find out how your peers answered that question in the latest issue of Staffing Success magazine.

Member Sound Off highlights answers to intriguing questions from industry leaders. For this issue, members were asked about the new or innovative sales techniques they’ve tried and how successful they’ve been.

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