News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:44:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Staffing Employment Steady in Third Quarter https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/12/13/staffing-employment-steady-in-third-quarter/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:37:59 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=78469 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.2 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2018, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association—remaining above three million for four and a half years.

Staffing employment edged up 0.1% in the third quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.

“In a growing economy and ever-tightening labor market, businesses are placing an even greater premium on staffing companies’ ability to source qualified flexible and permanent talent,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Because job seekers have more options today than at any time in the past decade, employers really need to sharpen their focus on employee engagement in order to attract and retain top talent.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $35.1 billion in the third quarter of 2018, 4.2% higher than in the same quarter of 2017.

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment was up 0.7% from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2018; temporary and contract staffing sales increased 1.5% from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2018.

To learn more about the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, visit americanstaffing.net/quarterly-survey. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Interviews with ASA executives are available.

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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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Americans Upbeat About Employment After Midterm Elections https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/11/29/americans-upbeat-about-employment-after-midterm-elections/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:20:30 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=78051 More than half of U.S. adults (56%) agree that the results of the 2018 midterm elections will have a positive impact on employment during the next two years, according to the results of a new American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey conducted online by The Harris Poll. The same majority of Americans think that the job market has improved since the last presidential election.

There are differences in perspective by age, as three in five millennials (aged 18-34) (62%) are optimistic about the effect of the midterm elections on employment—a higher proportion than older U.S. adults who report optimism. Conversely, only two in five millennials (42%) say that the job market improved since the 2016 presidential election, less than any other age group, according to the survey results.

Democratic and Republican voters are split in how they view the state of the job market since the 2016 presidential election. Nearly nine in 10 Republican voters say the job market has improved (86%) compared with only four in 10 Democratic voters (40%). However, there is bipartisan consensus about the future—six in 10 voters from each party (59% of Democratic voters; 57% of Republican voters) believe the 2018 midterm elections will have a positive effect on employment, according to the ASA Workforce Monitor.

“A wave of positivity about employment is rippling across the nation following the historic midterm elections, as underscored by the ASA Workforce Monitor,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “However, the skills gap remains a serious challenge, and the administration and new Congress must make narrowing the gap a priority to ensure that America has the qualified talent it needs to continue to support economic growth.”

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

Method

The Harris Poll conducted the survey online within the U.S. on behalf of ASA, Nov. 7–9, 2018, among a total of 2,021 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.

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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 The Harris Poll among 2,000 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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Staffing Employment Holds Strong in November https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/11/27/staffing-employment-holds-strong-in-november/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:53:42 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77971 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, November 2018

Staffing employment for the week of Nov. 11–18 was relatively unchanged (-0.1%), holding at a rounded value of 103 for the fifth consecutive week, according to the ASA Staffing Index. It is the first time since 2014 that the index reading has been this high for the 46th week of the year. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 2.1% higher than the same week last year.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average changed little (103). This reading has only once been higher for the same span of weeks during the past 11 years. Staffing employment for four weeks ending Nov. 18 was 2.8% higher year-to-year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the November monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Dec. 7.

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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BLS: Staffing Employment Steady in October https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/11/02/bls-staffing-employment-steady-in-october/ Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:21:49 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77363 Up 2.2% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment edged up 0.1% from September to October, and was 2.2% higher than in October 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.2% per month in the first 10 months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% per month for all of 2017.

Initial BLS estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be materially revised the following year, 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 1.7% from September to October. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 2.3% more staffing employees in October than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 250,000 jobs in October (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for August and September, job gains averaged 218,000 per month over the past three months, slightly more than the average of 211,000 per month for the prior 12 months.

The unemployment rate held at 3.7% in October, continuing a 49-year low.

“The labor market is strong and businesses continue to struggle to fill open positions across many sectors,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “With close to one million more job openings than unemployed workers to fill them, employers need to reexamine their recruitment, retention, and employee development strategies to remain competitive and support continued growth.”

BLS also released preliminary September employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, increased 0.8% from August. Search and placement jobs totaled 316,300 in September, 5.6% 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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Woodland Hills-Based Executive Named American Staffing Association Board Chairman https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/26/woodland-hills-based-executive-named-american-staffing-association-board-chairman/ Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:35:18 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77216 The board of directors of the American Staffing Association recently elected Karenjo Goodwin, founder and chief executive officer of Exact Staff Inc., as chairman.

Goodwin founded Exact Staff Inc., a family of staffing, search, and recruitment outsourcing companies headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA, in 1996. Under her leadership, it has grown to become one of the largest independent, woman-owned staffing companies in California, with offices in 10 other states. Goodwin previously served as a founding executive of American Business Careers in New York and has held executive positions for international, national, and regional staffing companies. She is also an active member of YPO (formerly Young Presidents’ Organization, a global organization of chief executives).

Read more and download a high-resolution headshot of Goodwin.

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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; Staffing Demand Up https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/25/fed-modest-to-moderate-economic-growth-staffing-demand-up/ Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:00:14 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77204 Economic activity expanded across the U.S., according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”), with a majority of districts reporting modest to moderate growth. Employment and wages continued to expand at a modest or moderate pace across most of the nation, but employers again reported tight labor markets and difficulties finding and retaining qualified workers—particularly highly skilled engineers, finance and sales professionals, construction and manufacturing workers, information technology professionals, and truck drivers. Staffing demand grew in several districts.

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/research. 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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Staffing Employment Robust in October https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/23/staffing-employment-robust-in-october/ Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:02:55 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77084 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, October 2018

Staffing employment contracted 0.6% the week of Oct. 8–14, according to the ASA Staffing Index, edging back down to a rounded value of 102. Despite the week-to-week decline—which some survey respondents attribute to the Columbus Day holiday and inclement weather—the index registered at the highest level for the 41st week of the year since 2014. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 3.5% higher than the same week last year, which also included Columbus Day.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the October monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Nov. 2.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average remained unchanged at a rounded figure of 102—the strongest reading for the same span of weeks since right before the Great Recession. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending Oct. 14 grew 4.1% 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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American Staffing Association Elects 2019 Board of Directors https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/18/asa-elects-2019-board-of-directors/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:41:51 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77031 The members of the American Staffing Association elected individuals to serve three-year terms on the ASA board of directors at the annual membership meeting during Staffing World®, the ASA annual convention and expo, in metro Washington, DC, earlier this week.

The eight directors elected are Susan Dietrich, SPHR, AllTek Staffing and Resource Group; W. Benjamin “Ben” Elliott, Randstad US; Lesa Francis, CSP, Supplemental Healthcare; Tom Gimbel, LaSalle Network; Karenjo Goodwin, Exact Staff; Dan Struve, CSP, Helpmates Staffing Services; Mark Toth, CSP, ManpowerGroup; and Steve Wehn, AMN Healthcare.

The ASA board of directors elected a new slate of officers for 2018–19:

  • Karenjo Goodwin, Exact Staff Inc., chairman
  • Leo Sheridan, Advanced Group, first vice chairman
  • Peter Quigley, Kelly Services Inc., second vice chairman
  • Chris Hartman, Allegis Group, treasurer
  • W. Benjamin “Ben” Elliott, Randstad US, secretary

Other directors currently serving on the board are Threase Baker, TSC, CSP, Abbtech Professional Resources Inc.; Tom Bickes, EmployBridge Holding Co.; Jeff Bowling, The Delta Cos.; Jeffrey S. Burnett, CSP, Labor Finders International Inc.; John A. Elwood, CSP, Elwood Staffing; James A. Essey, CSP, TemPositions Group of Cos.; Robert A. Funk, Express Employment Professionals; Jeff Harris, ettain group; Kristen Harris, CSP, Portfolio Creative; Greg Holland, Adecco North America; and Kelly McCreight, CSP, Hamilton-Ryker (immediate past chairman).

Representatives from independent firms and national companies serve on the ASA board of directors.

For brief bios and to download high-resolutions photos, visit americanstaffing.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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Express Employment Professionals Business Executive Is American Staffing Association Volunteer of the Year https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/17/express-employment-professionals-business-executive-is-asa-volunteer-of-the-year/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:08:02 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=77002 The American Staffing Association yesterday afternoon announced that John A. Thomas, CSP, CSC, professional staffing field consultant with Express Employment Professionals in Oklahoma City, is the 2018 ASA Volunteer of the Year. Thomas was honored during the annual membership meeting and luncheon at Staffing World® 2018, the association’s annual convention and expo, in metro Washington, DC.

The ASA Volunteer of the Year program, launched in 2016, recognizes an individual who is an outstanding contributor on an ASA committee, section council, regional council, task force, or working group. Honorees are selected based on nominations submitted by peers from across the U.S.—all ASA volunteers.

Thomas has been an ASA volunteer for more than 20 years. During this time, he has served on the ASA board of directors, and on myriad association committees, task forces, councils, and working groups. Notably, Thomas served one term as chairman of the professional‒managerial section council and two terms as chairman of the search and placement section council. He currently is an active member of the education and certification, professional-managerial section council, and staffing as a career committees. At the ASA-affiliated chapter level, Thomas served three terms as president of the ASA Missouri and Kansas Search and Staffing Association and is currently the chapter leader liaison for ASA.

A recognized staffing and recruiting industry thought leader, Thomas has presented before audiences in 40 states for a variety of organizations—including ASA, the National Association of Professional Staffing, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He also shares his deep knowledge of the industry by contributing to industry journals and publishing online training programs and guides.

“On behalf of the ASA board of directors, membership, and staff, I salute John Thomas for his more than two decades of dedicated service to ASA,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of this association. ASA values having someone with John’s level of expertise and passion give back year after year to help advance the interests of the association and in turn, the entire staffing and recruiting industry.”

Learn about 2019 ASA volunteer opportunities and apply online by Oct. 31 at asacentral.americanstaffing.net/volunteer.

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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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American Staffing Association Inducts Linda Carchidi Into Leadership Hall of Fame https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/10/16/asa-inducts-linda-carchidi-into-leadership-hall-of-fame/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:46:18 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=76980 ASA Volunteer and Industry Leader Co-Founded JFC Staffing Cos.

The American Staffing Association this morning inducted Linda Carchidi, CSP, chief executive officer of JFC Staffing Cos. headquartered in Camp Hill, PA, into the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame. Carchidi was honored during the opening general session at Staffing World® 2018, the association’s annual convention and expo, in the Washington, DC, metro area.

The ASA Leadership Hall of Fame was created in 1985 to recognize outstanding individual contributions made through dedicated service to ASA and the staffing and recruiting industry.

Carchidi co-founded JFC Staffing Cos. with her husband, Jim, in 1975. The staffing agency includes three niche recruiting companies that fill a wide range of temporary, contract, and direct hire positions in various industry sectors. A long-term, dedicated ASA volunteer and industry leader, Carchidi served on the association’s board of directors from 2001‒13, and was chairman in 2008. She also served as chairman of several other ASA committees—including the social responsibility committee, which she helped establish. On the ASA-affiliated chapter level, she was president of the Pennsylvania Staffing Association—East (which became part of the Mid-Atlantic Staffing Association). Carchidi has been honored with the Women of Influence Legacy Award from the Central Penn Business Journal and was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business by the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

“On behalf of the ASA board of directors and membership, I am delighted to welcome Linda Carchidi to the Leadership Hall of Fame,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Linda is a consummate ASA volunteer leader whose legacy, in part, includes cementing social responsibility as one of the association’s key values by creating the ASA Care Awards. She is a tireless supporter of the staffing and recruiting industry who also possesses a deep commitment to education—creating the JFC Career Development Center to train temporary and contract employees in IT skills, and establishing a development board that has raised millions of dollars to fund improvements for her high school alma mater.”

Professional headshot available upon request.

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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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