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Survey: Small businesses hold line on hiring

May 27, 2010

More than half of U.S. small business owners, 53%, plan to maintain current staffing levels, according to a survey for the Wells Fargo/Gallup small business index. And 52% said it is "very unlikely" tax credits for hiring unemployed workers would encourage them to hire new employees in 2010.


Department of Commerce lowers GDP estimate

May 27, 2010

U.S. real gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 3.0% in the first quarter, according to a second estimate released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The second estimate is down compared to an advance estimate of 3.2% released in April.

MarketWatch reported economists had expected...

Jobless claims fall by 14,000

May 27, 2010

U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended May 22 fell by 14,000, or 3.0%, to 460,000 from the previous week's revised number, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Analysts had expected the number to fall to 455,000, The Associated Press reported.

The number of initial...

Report: Japan temp numbers down 42%

May 27, 2010

Japan Today reported the number of workers sent out by staffing companies in fiscal 2009 fell 42.4% to 2.3 million, according to the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. It marked the first decline in five years.

For the Japan Today article, click here.

Blog: Independent contractor compliance issues

May 27, 2010

A recent news report said FedEx Corp. was rolling out new regulations for its independent contractors. Separately, a new federal bill would add more regulations. And a court weighed in on dancers in the Midwest. For the full blog, click here.

Office openings: RCM, Frontline Source Group

May 26, 2010

RCM Technologies Inc. (NASD: RCMT) is opening its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland to serve multinational clients in the life sciences sector.

"We selected Ireland because it is one of the leading international locations for the life sciences industry," said RCM Chairman and CEO Leon Kopyt. "Many...

Gentiva to acquire Odyssey Healthcare

May 26, 2010

Gentiva Health Services Inc. (NASD: GTIV), an Atlanta-based home healthcare and hospice services provider, announced Monday it would acquire Odyssey Healthcare Inc. for $27 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.0 billion.

The companies reported the deal will create the largest...

Blog: Bringing services to Europe

May 26, 2010

Thinking about starting operations in Europe? Hinda Chalew, senior VP of marketing and interactive services at Staffing Industry Analysts, discusses some of the challenges in The Contingent Blog. For the full blog, click here.

Temp staffing registers 7% revenue gain in April

May 26, 2010

Temporary staffing showed widespread improvement last month with a weighted average year-over-year gain of 7% in revenue in April, according to the April Pulse Survey of staffing firms released by Staffing Industry Analysts.

All temporary staffing segments reported widespread sequential improvement...

New holding company buys staffing firm

May 26, 2010

Healthcare Staffing Partnership, a new staffing holding company, announced it acquired OfficeWorks Inc. from private equity firm Ropart Asset Management Funds and other investors.

OfficeWorks, based in Tarzana CA, provides financial, office/clerical, clinical and allied healthcare staffing. The OfficeWorks...