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Jobless claims average hits lowest level since 2000 in US

November 6, 2014

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance last week fell by 2,250 to a total of 279,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor. This is the lowest level for this...


More ways to set your staffing firm apart — Staffing Stream

November 6, 2014

Since temporary staffing services generally offer very similar services, staffing firms need to distinguish their services from their competitors. Raul Esqueda, president of 1st Commercial Credit, discusses additional ways staffing firms can differentiate their services in part two of his post in...


Non-hospital plans won’t forestall possible ACA penalties — but relief offered for 2015

November 5, 2014

Federal agencies rejected a health plan setup that allowed employers to avoid ACA penalties while offering coverage to workers that, while affordable, did not cover in-patient hospitalization.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury released a notice Tue...


US private-sector jobs post second-largest gain of year, ADP reports

November 5, 2014

US private sector employment rose by 230,000 jobs in October, according to the ADP national employment report produced by Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NASD: ADP) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. October’s increase is the highest since June and the second-highest gain of 2014.“Employmen...


Non-manufacturing activity decelerates in October but employment up

November 5, 2014

Economic activity in the US non-manufacturing sector grew in October but at a slower rate than September, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index released today.ISM’s non-manufacturing index fell in October to a reading of 57.1 from September’s reading of 58.6....


Allen Austin acquires design/build search firm

November 5, 2014

Allen Austin, a Houston-based executive search firm, acquired Chicago-based Gaines International, a retained executive search firm targeting the architectural design, real estate, construction and engineering sectors. The acquisition includes offices in Chicago, Detroit, New York and London.The t...


Kelly Services revenue rises 4%

November 5, 2014

Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA), the fifth-largest US staffing firm and seventh-largest global staffing firm, reported revenue rose 3.8 percent in the third quarter to almost $1.40 billion.Revenue in Kelly’s Outsourcing and Consulting Group rose 10.7 percent, or 10.9 percent in constant currenc...


CTPartners lists in-demand executive jobs for 2015

November 5, 2014

Big data analytics, technology advances in security and risk, and increased rigor demanded for corporate governance are top factors influencing the 20th annual Hot Jobs list of executive jobs expected to be in demand in 2015, released by retained executive search firm CTPartners (NYSE: CTP).“We a...


US online job ads return to growth in October

November 5, 2014

US online job ads rose by 11,700 in October to a total of almost 5.1 million, according to The Conference Board’s report on online jobs ads released today. The increase follows a loss of 137,200 job ads in September.“U.S. labor demand continues on a steady, slow growth trend, maintaining historic...


IRS shuts door on ‘minimum value’ health plans without hospitalization

November 4, 2014

“Minimum value” health insurance plans that don’t cover hospitalization won’t pass muster, the IRS announced today, reported Staffing Industry Analysts’ sister publication Business Insurance.The IRS will propose regulations to this affect shortly, Business Insurance reported.In the staffing indus...