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US real GDP contracts most since 2009

June 25, 2014

The Commerce Department lowered its estimate of growth in U.S. real GDP to a 2.9 percent contraction in the first quarter from an earlier, “second” estimate of a 1.0 percent contraction. The first quarter’s contraction was the first since the first quarter of 2011. Bloomberg reported it was the w...


Judge Group acquires Canadian IT staffing firm

June 25, 2014

The Judge Group, a Philadelphia-based staffing provider, acquired Keystream Inc., a Toronto-based provider of information technology staffing in the Canadian market. The deal was announced Tuesday.Keystream has been a vendor of record to the Ontario government since 1998. It will now operate out...


Fewer CIOs in US to increase staff size, but more filling open slots

June 25, 2014

Slightly fewer U.S. chief information officers plan to add more IT staff in the second half of 2014 compared to the first half, according to a new technology hiring forecast survey by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). However, more CIOs plan to hire for open roles. Robert Half U.S. IT...


Mexican economy’s growth lower than expected, but data point to improvement

June 25, 2014

Mexico’s economy expanded at an annualized rate of 1.1 percent in the first quarter, according to an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The growth was below analysts’ expectations, but recent data points to improvement.Formal-sector employment grew at an annualized rate of 5.5 percen...


SHRM: Employees’ financial situations may affect absenteeism

June 25, 2014

Employees’ financial circumstances may be affecting absenteeism. Almost two-fifths of human resources professionals say employees have missed work in the past 12 months because of a financial emergency, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.“The results could signal t...


Web: CEO responds to union claims about temps

June 25, 2014

The Monterey (Calif.) Herald newspaper reports the CEO of Taylor Farms, a large produce company, says unfair labor claims regarding temporary workers are part of a union campaign and are frivolous. For the story, click here.


Consumer confidence hits six-year high in June

June 24, 2014

The Conference Board’s U.S. consumer confidence index improved again in June after increasing in May. The index now stands at a reading of 85.2 (1985=100), up from 82.2 in May.“Consumer confidence continues to advance and the index is now at its highest level since January 2008 (87.3),” said Lynn...


ASA staffing index up over year

June 24, 2014

The American Staffing Association’s index measuring employment in the U.S. staffing industry rose 4.59 percent for the week of June 9 to June 15 compared to the same week last year. The index value rose to a level 97.72.This is the highest index value for the 24th week of the year, according to t...


Robert Half: Litigation to drive legal hiring

June 24, 2014

Litigation is expected to drive much of the hiring in the legal profession in the second half of 2014, according to a new study from Robert Half Legal. Twenty-nine percent of lawyers interviewed said their companies plan to add new legal jobs in the second half of 2014, up two points from a prior...


More workers say job hopping damages career

June 24, 2014

Workers perceive job hopping as damaging to a person’s career success and believe loyalty to one employer pays off in the long run, according to Spherion Staffing Services’ 2014 Emerging Workforce Study.According to the study, 61 percent of workers today agreed that “changing jobs every few years...