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Second-quarter real GDP grew only 1.6%

August 27, 2010

The U.S. Department of Commerce revised down its growth estimate for real gross domestic product in the second quarter.

Real GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.6% in the second quarter amid an increase in imports and a decrease in private inventory investment, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's...

Report: Demand jumps for emergency doctors

August 27, 2010

Demand for emergency medicine physicians has jumped over the past year, according to "The Physician Recruiting Standard" report from The Delta Companies, a Dallas-based healthcare staffing firm.

Among specialties in demand, emergency medicine physicians jumped to second place in the second quarter...

People: The Mergis Group, Team Health

August 26, 2010

The Mergis Group, a division of SFN Group Inc. (NYSE: SFN), named Staci Horne as national recruiting center director. Horne has 10 years of experience in recruiting for the finance/accounting industry and was a senior auditor at BKD LLP before moving into recruiting. She is a CPA.

Team Health Holdings...

Jobless claims drop by 31,000

August 26, 2010

U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 31,000 in the week ended Aug. 21 to 473,000, a decline of 6.2% from the previous week, according to seasonally adjusted number released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The number of initial claims for the previous week -- ended Aug. 14 --...

Skilled Group revenue falls 13%

August 26, 2010

Skilled Group Ltd., an Australia-based firm that provides staffing services, reported today that revenue fell 12.6% to AUS$1.70 billion in its fiscal year ended June 30, 2010. It also announced plans to sell its Swan Contract Personnel division.

Full-year revenue in Skilled's workforce services segment,...

Commercial staffing growth update now online

August 26, 2010

Commercial staffing continues to surge, and a commercial staffing growth update is now available to corporate members of Staffing Industry Analysts.

INSIGHT - Commercial staffing growth update
*Despite economic uncertainty, or perhaps because of it, industrial staffing surge continues

Medical Connections aims to buy Florida firm

August 25, 2010

Medical Connections Holdings Inc. (OTCBB: MCTH.OB), a Boca Raton FL-based healthcare staffing firm, announced it entered into a letter of intent to acquire another Florida-based healthcare staffing firm that had 2009 revenue of approximately $7 million.

"This Florida-based company runs a profitable...

Contract watch: On Assignment

August 25, 2010

On Assignment Inc. (NASD: ASGN) announced it was awarded a five-year General Services Administration Schedule 621 I contract allowing it to provide federal agencies with nurses and nurse practitioners.

On Assignment will be able to bid on contract nursing positions at government facilities across the...

Survey: Workers not optimistic about economy

August 25, 2010

A majority of workers aren't very optimistic about the economy and they don't feel very secure in their jobs two years after the start of the recession, according to the 2010 Labor Day survey by Spherion Staffing Services, part of SFN Group Inc. (NYSE: SFN).

The survey found that 60% of workers said...

Court OKs Medical Staffing Network sale

August 25, 2010

The sale of Medical Staffing Network Holdings, the fourth-largest U.S. healthcare staffing firm, to its first-lien creditors was approved by a bankruptcy court.

Judge Erik Kimball of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court signed an order Monday authorizing the sale. First-lien creditors were owed $98.8 million...