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Canadian manufacturing index rises

March 3, 2014

Canadian manufacturing business conditions continued to expand in February but at the slowest pace since August 2013, according to the Royal Bank of Canada’s Canadian manufacturing purchasing managers’ index.February’s reading of 52.9 is above the 50.0 no-change mark and up slightly from a nine-m...


Staffing Stream: Interview questions for temps

March 3, 2014

The talent you refer to clients has a high possibility of becoming a staple in their office for years to come, so you must be sure you’re referring people with top-notch credentials and the correct company culture fit, writes Josh Tolan, CEO of Spark Hire. Tolan provides a list of interview quest...


Private equity invests in ettain, Livonius to join board

February 28, 2014

IT staffing provider ettain group inc. is receiving an investment by private equity firm New MainStream Capital. The deal includes bringing in Bob Livonius as a board member. Livonius is a member of New MainStream’s operating executive council. In addition, Livonius is also president, strategic w...


GDP estimate for Q4 revised down

February 28, 2014

U.S. real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the second estimate released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The second estimate is down from the previously released advance estimate of 3.2 percent.Real GDP ros...


US - Online staffing firm’s revenue up 77%, CEO sees Amazon-like market

February 28, 2014

Online staffing provider Freelancer Limited revenue jumped 77 percent in 2013 from the previous year. CEO and Chairman Matt Barrie also predicted the online staffing marketplace would grow to the size of marketplaces served by firms such as eBay and Amazon.Freelancer revenue was $18.8 million in...


Staffing M&A announcements: CoAdvantage, ZRG, Pro Staff

February 28, 2014

Several staffing firms made merger and acquisition announcements this week. CoAdvantage Corp. acquired two companies. Executive search firm ZRG Partners bought a search firm. Pro Staff assumed operations in Atlanta .● CoAdvantage Corp. acquires two firmsProfessional employer organization CoAdvant...


Quarter of lawyers more likely to make counteroffer

February 28, 2014

More than a quarter of U.S. and Canadian attorneys are more likely to make a counteroffer this year to employees who have given notice than they were last year, according to a survey by Robert Half Legal, a division of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI).The survey asked “compared to 12 mo...


People: Command Center, The Staffing Group and more

February 28, 2014

Here are recent promotions, new hires and other personnel announcements made by staffing firms. Today’s listings include announcements from Command Center, The Staffing Group, Odgers Berndtson, Hire Velocity, Parallon and Lucas Group.Command Center Inc. (OTCBB: CCNI), an Idaho-based staffing firm...


Canadian economic index rises in January

February 28, 2014

The Conference Board of Canada’s composite leading index increased by 0.2 percent in January, a slowdown from gains of 0.3 percent in December and 0.4 percent in November.While weather played a role in this deceleration, the U.S. Conference Board’s leading indicator was less affected by the poor...


Mexico leading index edges down

February 27, 2014

The Conference Board leading economic index for Mexico fell 0.2 percent in December, the organization reported Wednesday. It now stands at 123.3 (2004=100). The leading index had shown no change in November.Still, the leading economic index grew 0.3 percent in the second half of 2013, an improvem...