September 21, 2021

ASA Staffing Index: Staffing Employment Steady; New Assignments Rise

Staffing employment for the week of Sept. 6–12, which included the Labor Day holiday, edged up 0.92% from the prior week—with the ASA Staffing index returning to this year’s highest value of 98. Not surprisingly, many survey respondents mentioned the holiday as the main factor limiting further growth. Staffing jobs were up 26.3% from the same week last year, which did not include Labor Day.

New starts were up 2.2% on average, with half (47%) of staffing companies reporting gains in new assignments week-to-week.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average held at a value of 98 for the sixth consecutive reporting period. Temporary and contract staffing employment for the four weeks ending Sept. 12 was 26.6% higher than the same time frame in 2020.

“Despite the Labor Day holiday, staffing employment levels have remained high over the past several weeks,” said Tim Hulley, ASA assistant director of research.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the September monthly employment situation report scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Oct. 1.

Read the full story→

Staffing and Trucking Industry Lender Flexible Funding Files for Bankruptcy
Employers Are Baffled as U.S. Benefits End and Jobs Go Begging
United Says About 90% of Its Staff Is Vaccinated Ahead of the Company Deadline
Washington Governor Asks Feds for Medical Staffing Help
U.S. Department of Labor Announces Expanded Measures to Protect Workers From Extreme Heat
An Employer’s Three-Step Guide to Responding to Covid-19 Vaccine Religious Objections
Deadline for New York Employers: Workplace Safety Plan Due Oct. 6
Novel Massachusetts Decision Finds Waiver of Right to Compel Arbitration Based on Prelitigation Actions
Illinois Employers: 2021 State and Local Employment Laws Require Attention
One in Seven Workers Plan to Quit Their Jobs Before the New Year
Companies Use Overtime to Solve Worker Shortages

Upcoming Events

Free ASA State of the Industry Webinar Today

Don’t miss the third ASA State of the Industry webinar of 2021. It takes place today from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time. Presented by ASA and ClearlyRated, the association’s satisfaction survey partner, the session will focus on how to go beyond client satisfaction and unleash the true power of client loyalty. Plus, get legislative updates and specific examples from the field—so your firm can establish the baseline for accelerated growth now and in the future.

All ASA webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit

Return to Headlines

One Week From Today—See Your Industry Colleagues at Staffing World in Denver

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. Staffing World® 2021, the ASA annual convention and expo, takes place Sept. 28–30 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver and virtually.

Attend in person and you’ll be able to network face-to-face with peers and industry experts; visit the expo hall to discover new solutions; and experience the beauty of the Mile-High City.

Choose the virtual registration package and you’ll be able to view the livestream of all the keynotes, breakout sessions, Tech Talks, Speed Talks, and Game Changers in the Knowledge Hub; participate in interactive online sessions with live chats and Q&As; and experience the comfort of professional development in your own home or office.

Get all the details and register today at

Return to Headlines

Coming to Staffing World in Denver? Complete Your Clear Health Check First

ASA will use the Clear Health Pass app to confirm the Covid-19 vaccination or negative Covid-19 test result of every in-person Staffing World attendee. All attendees, including staffing professionals, presenters, exhibitors, staff, and guests, must complete the Clear Health Pass process. Registered individuals have received an email from ASA containing links and details.

Details are available on the Staffing World safety page. Special thanks to ASA corporate partner Essential StaffCARE, Staffing World 2021 safety sponsor.

Return to Headlines

Help Advance the Industry by Volunteering With ASA

Are you looking for opportunities to contribute your skills and insights in the staffing industry, and serve as an industry leader? ASA is currently seeking dedicated members for volunteer committees and councils.

ASA needs your skills, insight, and unique perspective so it can continue to provide timely, valuable resources to members. Apply for a volunteer opportunity to work directly with other members, learn about workforce trends and best practices, and build on your experience to become a thought leader with the association. Log in to ASA Central and visit the volunteer page to find an opportunity that fits your interests.

Return to Headlines

ASA Corporate Partners

Staffing Today is published by the American Staffing Association, with news abstracts copyrighted in 2024 by SmithBucklin of Chicago, IL, and all other content copyrighted in 2024 by ASA. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission.

About ASA

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. Learn more at

American Staffing Association
277 South Washington St.
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3675