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Staffing Employment Growth Slows in April


New Assignments Down From Prior Week

ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, April 2022

Staffing employment eased to a rounded value of 104 in the week of April 11–17. Falling 1.0% from the previous week, the ASA Staffing Index dipped below 105 for the first time since early February. Staffing firms pointed to April holidays and school breaks as constraints on further growth. Despite the pullback, staffing jobs were up 10.8% from the same week last year.

New starts also fell in the 15th week of the year, decreasing 3.2% from the prior week. About three in 10 staffing companies reported gains in new assignments week-to-week.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average remained at a rounded value of 105, as temporary and contract staffing employment for the four weeks ending April 17 was 13.2% higher than the same period in 2021.

“While school breaks and holidays were a barrier to growth in April, staffing employment maintains a double-digit margin over the level seen last year,” said Tim Hulley, ASA assistant director of research.

This week, containing the 12th day of the month, will be used in the April monthly employment situation report scheduled to be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 6.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA Staffing Starts are the number of temporary and contract employees placed in new assignments during the reporting week. ASA research shows that staffing employment has historically been a coincident economic indicator.

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