March 13, 2020

States Authorized to Expand Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Employees Affected by COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor (03/12/20)

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced new guidance giving states broad new authority to provide unemployment insurance benefits to employees affected by COVID-19.

States will be permitted to provide benefits in situations including temporary business closures, employee quarantines, and employee absences due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member. The new guidance is available at

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Staffing Employment Eased in 2019

Following the record highs posted in 2018, full-year 2019 data released today by the American Staffing Association show how talent supply constraints continue to challenge providers of workforce solutions. U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.1 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2019, compared with 3.2 million in 2018—which was the highest on record.

“In this tight labor market, staffing agencies have more orders than they can fill—which is great for job seekers looking for immediate employment opportunities,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer.

ASA data show average weekly staffing employment increased 1.4% in 2018 before easing 4.1% in 2019. Annual temporary and contract staffing sales in 2019 totaled $136.7 billion, 1.3% less than the record high of $138.4 billion in 2018.

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Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending March 8.

Alist LLC
Olathe, KS
J & A Hospitality Staffing Inc.
Washington, DC
Key Staffing Inc.
Bakersfield, CA
Learning Technology Solutions
Moscow, OH
Mitchell Martin
New York, NY

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