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U.S. initial jobless claims rise by 25,000

May 20, 2010

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended May 15 rose by 25,000, or 5.6%, to 471,000 from the previous week's revised number, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

Reuters reported that markets had expected jobless claims would fall to 440,000.

Last week's...

Canadian Employment Insurance numbers fall

May 20, 2010

The number of people receiving Canadian Employment Insurance jobless benefits fell by 24,150, or 3.5%, in March on a month-over-month basis to 668,060 -- the sixth month in a row of decline, Statistics Canada reported today. The number is down 2.8% from a year ago.

In Ontario, the number of people receiving...

Survey: Skilled trades most in-demand job

May 20, 2010

Skilled trades jobs remain the most in demand in 2010 across the globe as they had in 2009, according to Manpower Inc.'s (NYSE: MAN) 2010 talent shortage survey released today.

The survey of 35,000 employers across 36 countries also found that 31% said they were having difficulty filling key positions...

Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

May 20, 2010

A recording of the Staffing Industry Report webinar that includes an analysis of temporary employment trends and the industry forecast for 2010 through 2011 is now available to corporate members.
WEBINAR - Staffing Industry Report - May 2010
*Watch the full webinar on demand 
*Analysis of temp...

U.S. leading index falls 0.1% in April

May 20, 2010

The Conference Board's U.S. leading economic index released today fell 0.1% in April after gaining 1.3% in March. It now stands at 109.3 (2004=100).

"These latest results suggest a recovery that will continue through the summer, although it could lose a little steam," said Ken Goldstein, economist at...

Healthcare staffing firm owners arrested

May 19, 2010

The owners of a Louisiana-based healthcare staffing firm were arrested on charges of insurance fraud and unlawful practices involving workers' compensation coverage, the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced Tuesday.

Brett McElwee and Daniel Fuselier, owners of Ville Platte LA-based First Choice...

Legs and Reg Advisor May issue now online

May 19, 2010

A new federal bill would impose stricter penalties on worker misclassification, Arizona immigration law may impact employers and an Illinois court rules a PEO can be liable for retaliation. These stories and more are in the May issue of the Legs & Reg Advisor now available to corporate members of Staffing...

Staffing Industry Report May issue now online

May 19, 2010

The May issue of Staffing Industry Report is now available. This month's issue includes:

Staffing Industry Report, May 2010, Vol. XXI, No. 5 Full PDF
*Industry revenue to rise 8% in 2011
*First quarter registers uptick in acquisitions
*Staffing firms refocus priorities in 2010
*IT and healthcare top...

Brain scan out, jury rules for staffing firm

May 19, 2010

A jury in Brooklyn ruled in favor of a staffing firm in a sexual harassment case that drew national attention because a plaintiff's attorney tried to use a lie-detecting brain scan, Wired.com reported.

A temporary worker from CoreStaff Services claimed she was denied assignments because she complained...

People: AMN, Korn/Ferry, Protiviti

May 19, 2010

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS) reported that Hala Moddelmog resigned from its board of directors to focus on her new position as president of Arby's Restaurant Group Inc., according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Korn/Ferry International Inc. (NYSE: KFY) named...