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Southern California area posts highest jobless rate

October 1, 2014

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California posted the highest unemployment rates in August — 8.7 percent — among all large metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.The lowest jobless rate among large metropo...

US workers’ job decisions align with global counterparts

September 30, 2014

American employees are closely similar to their global counterparts in the key factors they consider when weighing job opportunities, according to the global workforce index survey by Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA).The research found 85 percent of US workers surveyed and 84 percent of tho...

Mixed findings for small-business employment growth

September 30, 2014

The pace of small business employment growth continues to slow slightly, according to The Paychex|IHS Small Business Jobs Index. The index rose 0.13 percent year-over-year in September to 100.85; however, the index fell 0.14 percent in September — its fourth decline in the last five months — and...

OSHA cites staffing buyer in safety case, not provider

September 30, 2014

A hobby and craft paints maker faces a possible $84,500 in penalties for exposing permanent and temporary workers to amputation, electrical and other safety hazards, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday. The company, Plaid Enterprises Inc., has 15 business days...

Heidrick board member steps down to become US ambassador to France

September 30, 2014

Jane Hartley resigned as a member of Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.’s (NASD: HSII) board of directors following Senate approval of her appointment as the next US ambassador to France and Monaco, according to a filing Monday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Hartley’s re...

Consumer confidence falls in September

September 30, 2014

The Conference Board consumer confidence index fell in September to a reading of 86.0 (1985=100) from 93.4 in July, after approaching a seven-year high in August.“Consumer confidence retreated in September after four consecutive months of improvement,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indic...

Quote of the week: Flexibility of contracting worth the trade-off

September 30, 2014

“I enjoy the challenge,” of working for multiple clients, The Boston Globe quoted human-resource specialist Patricia Rocker as saying in a story about contract consulting. “I can’t imagine going back to a permanent job. It would have to be the right position.” To read the article, click here.

Labor Smart acquires Kwik Jobs

September 29, 2014

Labor Smart Inc. (OTCBB: LTNC), a provider of industrial staffing serving the southeastern US, acquired the operating assets of Kwik Jobs Inc. and its two branches located in Alabama and Georgia. Kwik Jobs targets general contractors and related companies.The acquisition documents were signed Fri...

California governor signs staffing buyer bill

September 29, 2014

A California bill to formally expand staffing buyers’ liability, AB 1897, was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The signing was announced Sunday.The law formally makes staffing buyers liable for staffing firm wage and hour violations among other things. For more on the law, click here.

Temp revenue growth rate slows in August — Pulse Report

September 29, 2014

US temporary staffing revenue rose a median 10 percent year over year in August among staffing firms taking part in Staffing Industry Analysts’ monthly Pulse Survey. The growth marks a deceleration from the 13 percent year-over-year growth in July and a return to the rate of growth seen in the fi...