News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:31:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 ASA Partners With OSHA on Safe + Sound Week 2018 https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/08/13/asa-partners-with-osha-on-safe-sound-week-2018/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 15:12:59 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74939 The American Staffing Association is proud to again partner with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 13–19. Safe + Sound Week is a national event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

The week is organized by OSHA, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, Center for Construction Research and Training, National Safety Council, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association.

During Safe + Sound Week, ASA will showcase its commitment to worker safety and health by communicating to members and other audiences about the importance of workplace safety and encouraging its member companies to participate in Safe + Sound Week activities.

“Protecting and enhancing temporary worker safety and well-being is very important to ASA and its member companies, and support of Safe + Sound Week underscores this commitment,” said Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “ASA is proud to serve as a Safe + Sound Week partner, and to collaborate with OSHA and the other sponsors on programs and initiatives to help ensure the safety of the U.S. temporary and contract workforce.”

To learn more about Safe + Sound Week, visit osha.gov/safeandsoundweek.

To learn more about ASA’s commitment to worker safety, visit americanstaffing.net/safetymatters.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Apprenticeships Make People More Job-Ready Than College https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/08/09/apprenticeships-make-people-more-job-ready-than-college/ Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:37:42 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74853 A majority of Americans (62%) agree that apprenticeships—or “earn while learning” vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

About seven in 10 U.S. adults say learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than a bachelor’s degree (68%) and that college degrees aren’t worth as much as they used to be (69%). A majority disagree that completing an apprenticeship will limit one’s future employment options (71%) and that earn-while-learning programs generally lead to a lower salary than occupations requiring a college degree (60%).

Nine out of 10 Americans (94%) say that apprenticeships are helpful in leading to a new career. And they think that these vocational opportunities are valuable because they provide people with the ability to prepare for a job (94%) and learn an interesting trade (94%).

About nine in 10 U.S. adults (87%) say it is smart to consider both apprenticeships and college as options.

“Apprenticeships or earn and learn programs offer great value to job seekers because they get paid while learning a new vocation—available across a wide variety of occupations and industries,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “U.S. businesses need to act now to launch work-based learning programs to address the widening skills gap and help attract and hire the best candidates in this tight labor market.”

To learn more about the ASA Workforce Monitor, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Research Method

The Harris Poll conducted the survey online within the U.S. on behalf of ASA April 5–9, 2018, among a total of 2,029 U.S. adults age 18 and older. Results were weighted on age, education, race/ethnicity, household income, and geographic region where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the U.S. population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About the ASA Workforce Monitor

The ASA Workforce Monitor is a periodic survey commissioned by ASA and conducted online by Harris Poll among 1,000 or more U.S. adults age 18 and older. The survey series focuses on current workforce trends and issues. For more information about the survey series, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor.

About The Harris Poll

The Harris Poll is one of the longest running surveys in the U.S. (tracking public opinion, motivations, and social sentiment since 1963) and is now part of Harris Insights & Analytics, a global consulting and market research firm.

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ASA Expands Educational Content for Staffing World 2018 https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/08/07/asa-expands-educational-content-for-staffing-world-2018/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:46:53 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74714 New Learning Paths and Focus on Emerging Opportunities in the Evolving World of Work

The American Staffing Association announced the enhanced lineup of keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and other educational content for Staffing World 2018—the largest, most comprehensive learning and networking event in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry, which takes place Oct. 16‒18 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in metro Washington, DC. The convention’s learning opportunities are specifically designed for c-suite executives as well as staffing professionals at all stages of their careers across all industry sectors.

Staffing World will feature more than 60 workshops and sessions to deliver cutting-edge information on future trends and opportunities as well as pressing business topics such as filling talent pipelines, leveraging technology, diversifying services and solutions offerings, ensuring employment law compliance, building stronger teams, enhancing client satisfaction and loyalty, and increasing market share. Attendees can personalize their experience by choosing one of several new learning paths ranging from a deep dive into staffing technology trends to a hands-on exploration of best practices in workplace safety.

ASA will also bring back the Staffing World Tech Park, which debuted in 2017. The Tech Park is a first-of-its-kind hub of technology solutions specific to the staffing industry.

In addition to workshops and deep-dive immersion sessions, this year’s convention will deliver four provocative and inspiring keynote presentations led by business visionaries Jeremy Gutsche, Molly Fletcher, Anders Sorman-Nilsson, and Mel Robbins.

“As labor markets evolve and employers embrace higher degrees of workforce flexibility and agility, new models are emerging for the way that people work and interact with workplaces,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “At Staffing World we will identify the strategic opportunities to drive the growth of new and more efficient ways to source and deploy talent that add even more value to job seekers, employees, and clients. Attendees will come away with fresh ideas, information, and strategies to implement to strengthen their businesses.”

By participating in Staffing World, ASA-certified individuals can earn up to 17.25 continuing education hours. Convention sessions will also be submitted to the HR Certification Institute for recertification credit hours.
For more information about Staffing World and to register, visit staffingworld.net. Member agencies that register their teams before Sept. 14 will receive a special rate.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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BLS: Staffing Employment Expands in July https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/08/03/bls-staffing-employment-expands-in-july/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:15:50 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74546 Up 3.3% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment grew robustly, adding 28,000 jobs over the month of July, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Staffing employment increased 0.9% from June to July and was 3.3% higher than in July 2017. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.5% per month in the first seven months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% for all of 2017.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment decreased 0.7% from June to July. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 3.3% more staffing employees in July than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 157,000 jobs in July (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for May and June, job gains averaged 224,000 per month over the past three months, higher than the average of 203,000 for the prior 12 months.

“The ‘help wanted’ signs are still out all across America, with hiring increases in 2018 exceeding growth in the comparable periods of 2016 and 2017,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “And for the foreseeable future, finding ways to narrow the skills gap continues to be a top priority for employers.”

The unemployment rate edged down from 4.0% in June to 3.9% in July.

BLS also released preliminary June employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, ticked up 0.3% from May. Search and placement jobs totaled 311,200 in June, 4.1% higher than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Staffing Index Hits All-Time High for July https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/07/24/asa-staffing-index-hits-all-time-high-for-july/ Tue, 24 Jul 2018 14:25:17 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74176 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, July 2018

The ASA Staffing Index for the week of July 9–15 jumped 6.7% to a rounded value of 98, bouncing back from last week’s holiday dip to a historically high level for the 28th week of the year. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 2.9% higher than the same week last year, accelerating back to a pace of growth the index has not seen for this particular week since 2014. Some survey respondents cited the lingering impact of the Independence Day holiday as a factor that hindered further growth of temporary and contract jobs.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the July monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Aug 3.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average edged up, but remained at a rounded value of 96—the strongest reading for the same period in 11 years. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending July 15 was 2.2% higher year-to-year, also growing at a pace the index has not seen since 2014.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Fed: Modest to Moderate Economic Growth; Labor Supply an Obstacle https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/07/19/fed-modest-to-moderate-economic-growth-labor-supply-an-obstacle/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:00:36 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=74076 Economic activity continued to expand across the U.S., according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”), with most districts reporting moderate or modest growth. Employment and wages rose at a modest to moderate pace, but districts reported that tight labor markets and the inability to find workers constrained employment growth. Firms added work hours, strengthened retention efforts, partnered with local schools, and converted temporary workers to direct hires. Firms also raised compensation to attract and retain employees. Staffing demand was high or growing in several districts, but labor supply posed a challenge in some cases.

View interactive beige book summaries by district, focused on employment, wages, and the staffing industry, at americanstaffing.net/federal-reserve-beige-book.

To learn more about research by the American Staffing Association, visit americanstaffing.net/staffing-research-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Future Force Personnel Services Earns Safety Standard of Excellence Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/07/12/future-force-personnel-services-earns-safety-standard-of-excellence-mark/ Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:51:00 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73834 Future Force Personnel Services, a full-service staffing agency headquartered in Miami Lakes, FL, has earned the Safety Standard of Excellence mark from the American Staffing Association. The program, developed by ASA and the National Safety Council, promotes industry-wide safety best practices.

By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing companies, their temporary workers, and host employers can build a mutually beneficial relationship to help identify and mitigate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the staffing firm and host employer, and clearly delineate the safety responsibilities of each party.

“ASA congratulates Future Force Personnel Services for its commitment to protecting and enhancing temporary worker safety, and for being among the first to earn the Safety Standard of Excellence mark,” said Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “Future Force has tangibly demonstrated to clients, candidates, and employees its commitment to safety best practices.”

“Companies participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program are to be commended for taking steps to put their companies’ practices under the microscope and seeking to be the best they can be for their temporary workers,” said Amy Harper, Ph.D., NSC director of workplace strategy and consulting operations. “The commitment to safety demonstrated through Safety Standard of Excellence program participation should speak volumes to the clients with whom these staffing firms do business.”

“Since Future Force Personnel Services first opened its doors in 1992, we made a commitment to keep the safety of our temporary and contract employees at the forefront of our priorities,” said Adela Gonzalez, Future Force Personnel Services president. “Future Force Personnel Services has worked very hard with clients, candidates, and dedicated staff to provide proper training and ensure that the necessary safety standards are implemented and adhered to at every level of the organization. We are very proud to earn the Safety Standard of Excellence mark and will continue to build on the principles that made this national recognition possible.”

For more information about the Safety Standard of Excellence program, visit americanstaffing.net/safety.

For more information about Future Force Personnel Services, visit futureforcepersonnelservices.com.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About The National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the public in areas where it can make the most impact—distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses, and safe communities. Safety+Health magazine, the council’s flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information.

About Future Force Personnel Services

Future Force Personnel Services is a full-service staffing company specializing in light industrial, professional, and office–clerical personnel. Our candidates range from entry-level temporary workers to highly skilled and experienced full-time professionals. Headquartered in Miami Lakes, FL, we have additional offices in Orlando and Atlanta, and service a broad range of clients from small offices to large corporations in Florida; Georgia; South Carolina; Virginia; Washington, DC; New Jersey; and Massachusetts (Boston).

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BLS: Staffing Employment Remains Robust in June https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/07/06/bls-staffing-employment-remains-robust-in-june/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:28:25 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73681 Up 3.2% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment edged up 0.3% from May to June, and was 3.2% higher than in June 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.6% per month in the first six months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 1.4% for the first half of 2017. However, BLS’s initial estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be downwardly revised, according to an American Staffing Association analysis of BLS data.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.1% from May to June. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 3.1% more staffing employees in May than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 213,000 jobs in June (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for April and May, job gains averaged 211,000 per month over the past three months, higher than the average of 200,000 for the prior 12 months.

After reaching an 18-year low of 3.8% in May, the unemployment rate increased to 4.0% in June.

“On the ninth anniversary of the Great Recession’s end, the labor force participation rate ticked up slightly in June as more new job seekers entered the workforce and pushed up the unemployment rate,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “However, with a record high level of 6.7 million job openings, employers across most sectors continue to face serious difficulties in sourcing qualified talent.”

BLS also released preliminary May employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, contracted 0.8% from April. Search and placement jobs totaled 309,600 in May, 3.4% higher than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Redesigned, Dynamic ASA Marketplace Launches https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/26/redesigned-dynamic-asa-marketplace-launches/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:43:13 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73482 Online, One-Stop Shop for Smart Staffing Company Purchasing Decisions

The American Staffing Association launched ASA Marketplace—an online directory featuring suppliers serving the staffing and recruiting industry. The redesigned website offers a more user-friendly experience for potential purchasers of suppliers’ goods and services and enhanced listing customization for industry suppliers.

ASA Marketplace was first introduced in 2014 as a resource to help staffing companies access industry supplier information to help make important purchasing decisions. Today, the ASA Marketplace features more than 300 suppliers, offering services from employment screening and testing to compliance risk management. The new site offers company product and service categories, organizing suppliers into 12 broad and 96 targeted categories to improve searchability and user experience.

Visit ASA Marketplace at asamarketplace.net.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Staffing Index Hits Post-Recession High for June https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/26/asa-staffing-index-hits-post-recession-high-for-june/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:26:57 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73476 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, June 2018

The ASA Staffing Index for the week of June 11–17 rose 0.6% to a rounded value of 98—the strongest reading for the 24th week of the year since 2007, right before the Great Recession. Staffing employment was 1.3% higher than the same week last year, with some survey respondents citing temporary-to-hire conversions as a factor that hindered further growth.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the June monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on July 6.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average edged up but remained at a rounded figure of 97, reaching the highest level in 11 years for the same period. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending June 17 was 1.3% higher year-to-year.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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