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AMN revenue falls 51%, gross margin rises

March 5, 2010

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS), the largest U.S. healthcare staffing firm, reported fourth-quarter revenue fell 51.1% on a year-over-year basis to $144.7 million. However, gross margin improved. Fourth-quarter nurse and allied healthcare staffing revenue fell 64.3% to $74.0 million fro...


SFN Group employee confidence index dips

March 5, 2010

The SFN Group Inc. (NYSE: SFN) employee confidence index fell 1.2 points in February to a reading of 48.9. Workers were less confident in the strength of the economy and job availability, but were more optimistic about their job security. "Although our report shows a decline in overall confidenc...


Contract watch: Kelly Services

March 5, 2010

Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA) announced its government solutions division received a General Services Administration Schedule 738X contract allowing it to provide human resource professionals. The contract essentially puts Kelly on the federal approved list of suppliers for providing human r...


Michael Page's Americas revenue falls 26%

March 5, 2010

Michael Page International PLC, a London-based professional staffing firm, reported full-year 2009 revenue in its Americas segment fell 25.5% from the previous year to GBP51.6 million (US$82.2 million). The company's Americas segment includes operations in North and South America. Total 2009 re...


Temp payrolls add 47,500 jobs in February

March 5, 2010

U.S. temporary help payrolls increased by 47,500 jobs in February for a total of 2.0 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. February's gain in temporary help services jobs was slightly smaller than January's gain of 50,200 tempora...


Jackson buys Hire Dynamics' pharmacy division

March 4, 2010

Jackson Healthcare acquired Hire Dynamics Rx, the pharmacy division of Duluth GA-based Hire Dynamics LLC. The pharmacy division places pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The acquisition marks Jackson's entry into pharmacy staffing. "There is a synergy between our staffing business at Jackson...


Monster index rises 10 points

March 4, 2010

The Monster Worldwide Inc. employment index rose 10 points in February to a reading of 124. The index posted a positive long-term growth rate, up 2% on a year-over-year basis, for the first time since December 2007. "Although some of the increase in the February index can be attributed to season...


Cross Country revenue falls 40%

March 4, 2010

Fourth-quarter revenue slipped at Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (NASD: CCRN), but the Boca Raton FL-based healthcare staffing firm's nurse and allied revenue rose sequentially. Cross Country reported fourth-quarter revenue fell 39.7% to $124.1 million from fourth quarter 2008 revenue of $205.9 m...


Beige Book: Hiring plans remain soft

March 4, 2010

Hiring plans remained soft in most Federal Reserve Districts, but the pace of layoffs slowed, according to the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book report released Wednesday. Staffing firms in the Boston district reported a strengthening in demand, particularly from the financial and manufacturing...


Jobless claims fall by 29,000

March 4, 2010

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended Feb. 27 fell by 29,000, or 5.8%, to 469,000 from the previous week's revised number of 498,000. The four-week moving average of claims for the week ended Feb. 27 fell by 3,500, or 0.7%, to 470,750 from the previous w...