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S.i. Systems buys Toronto-based IT staffing firm

September 2, 2010

S.i. Systems Ltd. acquired Datalist Inc., a Toronto-based IT staffing firm. S.i. Systems will assume management of the company, but the Datalist name and operations will remain in place.

The acquisition doubles S.i. Systems' market presence in Toronto to more than 250 consultants at clients that include...

Manufacturing's expansion speeds up in August

September 1, 2010

Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded at a faster rate in August than in July, according to the Institute for Supply Management's purchasing managers' index for manufacturing released today.

August's reading of 56.3 was up from July's reading of 55.5. Readings above 50 indicate...

ADP estimate: U.S. loses 10,000 jobs

September 1, 2010

The U.S. lost 10,000 private sector jobs in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to Automatic Data Processing Inc.'s (NYSE: ADP) monthly employment report released today. July's gain of 42,000 jobs was also revised down to 37,000.

August's decline followed six months of increases. Service...

Online job ads fall by 57,100

September 1, 2010

The number of online job ads fell by 57,100 in August leaving a total of approximately 4.24 million, according to a report by The Conference Board. The number had risen by 139,200 in July.

"Labor demand continues to struggle to post gains month after month," said June Shelp, VP at The Conference Board....

AMN completes Medfinders deal

September 1, 2010

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS) announced today it completed its acquisition of Arlington TX-based Nursefinders Inc., the parent company of Medfinders.

AMN acquired Medfinders for approximately 6.3 million shares of AMN common stock and approximately 5.7 million shares of non-voting series...

Detroit posts highest jobless rate in July

September 1, 2010

The Detroit metropolitan area posted the highest jobless rate in July, 15.2%, among all large U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California recorded the second-highest...

Blog: Opportunity in a regulatory 'nightmare'?

September 1, 2010

A provision in the Wall Street Reform bill may be a "logistical nightmare" for some companies but could provide an opportunity for staffing firms. Staffing Industry Analysts VP of Research Jon Osborne writes more on this in The Contingent Blog. For the full blog, click here.

Agency: Client to pay after staffing firm doesn't

September 1, 2010

Safeway Inc., an operator of grocery stores, agreed to fund payments to workers left unpaid by a staffing firm, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Tuesday. The bureau said it received four wage claims in July and August totaling almost $6,000.

The workers, employed by California-based...

Judge: FedEx Kansas drivers aren't employees

September 1, 2010

A federal judge ruled that FedEx Ground drivers in Kansas are independent contractors under Kansas law and not employees. The Kansas drivers' case is one of several lawsuits in multiple states against FedEx alleging drivers are misclassified as independent contractors.

In a 103-page opinion and order...

Research: PEO growth

August 31, 2010

A new PEO growth update discussing projected growth in the professional employer organization industry is now available online to corporate members of Staffing Industry Analysts.

INSIGHT - PEO growth update
*Our April projection of 0% growth in 2010 likely to be upgraded
*Revenue growth driven more...