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South Dakota posts lowest jobless rate

July 18, 2008

South Dakota again posted the lowest jobless rate among states in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. South Dakota's unemployment rate edged down to 2.8% in June from 2.9% in April. States with the second-highest jobless rates were North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming at 3.2% each...

Resources Connection revenue rises

July 17, 2008

Resources Connection Inc. (NASD: RECN) reported a 14.2% increase in revenue for its fiscal year ended May 31, 2008, to $840.3 million. Revenue in the U.S. rose 9.0% for the year at the Irvine CA-based company, which provides finance and accounting, information technology and legal staffing throug...

Jobless claims four-week average down 1%

July 17, 2008

In the week ended July 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 366,000. The four-week moving average was 376,500, a decrease of 4,500, or 1%, from the previous week's revised average of 381,000.

U.S. workers median earnings up 4.2%

July 17, 2008

Full-time workers in the United States had weekly median earnings of $719 in the second quarter of 2008, up 4.2% year-over-year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. However, the consumer price index for all urban consumers rose 4.4% in the same period. Full-time workers over 25 years ol...

Buys boost TrueBlue revenue

July 17, 2008

Second-quarter revenue rose 6% at TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI) to $370.7 million. However, the Tacoma WA-based industrial staffing company said acquisitions made in the last year boosted revenue in the quarter by 18%, it fell 12% organically. "Economic pressures have created a broad-based reduction...

Peopleflex, AC Lordi name CEO

July 16, 2008

John Rapchinski was named CEO of Peopleflex Accounting Professionals, a finance and accounting staffing firm, and AC Lordi, an accounting services provider. Both companies are part of Carpathia Corp. Rapchinski takes over from Rob Wilson, who will remain an investor in the West Chester PA-based c...

Weekly earnings slip 0.9%

July 16, 2008

Real average weekly earnings fell by 0.9% month-over-month in June, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 0.3% increase in average hourly earnings partially offset a 1.2% increase in the consumer price index for urban wage earn...

Survey - IT, healthcare to add workers

July 16, 2008

Demand will continue for information technology and healthcare workers in the second half of this year, according to survey data released by CareerBuilder.com. Thirty-five percent of IT employers in the U.S. plan to increase the number of full-time, permanent employees between July and December,...

Stephen James brings brand to Sunshine State

July 16, 2008

Stephen James Associates, a division of the Allegis Group, said it's extending its brand into Florida with the renaming of Kramer Professional Staffing as Stephen James Associates. Kramer was acquired by Stephen James in December 2006, but retained its own name to allow for a smooth transition, a...

Spies wanted

July 15, 2008

British spy agency MI6, best known through James Bond movies as agent 007's employer, has begun a public recruiting campaign, the Associated Press reported. But the need for protective services workers is felt across the pond as well, Staffing Industry Analysts' Senior Editor Craig Johnson writes...