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Census Bureau meets temp worker deadline

July 31, 2009

The U.S. Census Bureau said today it met its July 1 deadline to fill 2,200 temporary jobs for the 2010 U.S. Census. The bureau said it used $120 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create the positions. The new jobs will last through the summer of 2010, when the 2010 Census...


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

July 31, 2009

Here is the latest research from Staffing Industry Analysts: INSIGHT - 2009 staffing company survey: How often do temps return for another assignment?  *Median candidate return rate: 76%-80% *A quarter of firms report return rates of 86%-90% or higher *Even direct hire candidates come back 56%-60...


Compensation costs change least since 1980

July 31, 2009

Compensation costs for workers in private industry rose 1.5% in the 12-month period ending June 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. It was the smallest percentage change since measurement of both wages and benefits compensation began in 1980. Wages and salaries rose 1.6% in...


Compensation costs change least since 1980

July 31, 2009

Compensation costs for workers in private industry rose 1.5% in the 12-month period ending June 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. It was the smallest percentage change since measurement of both wages and benefits compensation began in 1980. Wages and salaries rose 1.6% in...


GDP decline beats estimate

July 31, 2009

Real gross domestic product in the U.S. decreased at an annual rate of 1.0% in the second quarter, according to an advanced estimate released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Wall Street Journal reported economists had expected a 1.5% decline. Although still a decline, the decrease i...


Survey sees demand for multilingual attorneys

July 31, 2009

Demand for attorneys who speak more than one language is growing, according to more than a third of respondents to a poll released this week by Robert Half Legal, the legal staffing division of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). The survey's respondents included 300 lawyers from large l...


Jobless claims increase to 584,000

July 30, 2009

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment benefits rose 4.5% to 584,000 in the week ended July 25 from the previous week's revised number of 559,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. The four-week moving average of claims fell 1.5% to 559,000 from the previous week's revised...


Comsys revenue down 15%

July 30, 2009

Revenue fell 14.8% year-over-year in the second quarter at Comsys IT Partners Inc. (NASD: CITP) to $156.8 million. Second-quarter gross margin at the Houston-based information technology staffing firm improved to 24.5% from 24.4% in the year-ago quarter. "Billable hours in the second quarter were...


Spherion revenue slips 27%

July 30, 2009

Spherion Corp. (NYSE: SFN), a Fort Lauderdale FL-based staffing firm, announced Wednesday that second-quarter revenue fell 27.3% year over year to $409.1 million. "There were signs in the quarter that the demand for our services was beginning to stabilize, not the least of which were our monthly...


CDI revenue falls year over year

July 30, 2009

CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) reported today that second-quarter revenue fell 25.5% year over year to $215.4 million. On a constant currency basis, revenue fell 20.9%. Second-quarter gross margin at the Philadelphia-based staffing firm narrowed to 20.6% from 23.4% in the year-ago quarter. Net income in...