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Mass layoffs lowest since July 2008

January 28, 2010

The number of mass layoffs in December fell 29.9% on a year-over-year seasonally adjusted basis, and reached their lowest level since July 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. There were 1,726 mass layoff actions in December compared with 2,461 in December 2008.

Initial jobless...

ASA: Staffing index slips in January

January 28, 2010

Demand for staffing services dipped in January, according to results released Tuesday from the American Staffing Association's index measuring changes in temporary employment. The index fell to a monthly reading of 79 in January from 87 in December.

The index measures changes in the number of temporary...

Jobless claims fall by 8,000

January 28, 2010

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended Jan. 23 fell by 8,000, or 1.7%, to 470,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 478,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

The four-week moving average of claims for the week ended Jan. 23 rose by 9,500,...

New York governor defends use of temps

January 28, 2010

New York Gov. David Paterson on Tuesday defended the state's use of temporary workers from staffing firms after one union said Jan. 14 that the state spent $62 million on temporary workers from employment agencies who have no benefits.

Use of temporary personnel services are, on average 10% less expensive...

CareerBuilder: Healthcare plans more hiring

January 28, 2010

The healthcare industry continued to add jobs even during the recession, and it appears poised to ramp up further in 2010, according to an annual survey by CareerBuilder.

The survey found that 22% of healthcare employers plan to increase the number of full-time permanent employees this year, up from...

Lloyd announces hospital partnership

January 28, 2010

Lloyd Staffing, a Melville NY-based staffing firm, announced a strategic partnership with the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.

The council represents 24 member hospitals serving almost 3 million Long Island NY residents.

"We wanted to offer member hospitals a strong resource for health information...

People: Comsys, Eaglepoint, Korn/Ferry

January 28, 2010

Tapfin, a division of Comsys IT Partners Inc. (NASD: CITP), named Chuck Bollinger as senior director of operations. Bollinger comes to Tapfin after serving as procurement services HR manager at UPS Inc. Tapfin provides vendor management services, recruitment process outsourcing and services procurement...

Synergy says revenue up 74%

January 28, 2010

Synergy Services Corp., a Denver-based provider of independent contractor compliance and payrolling services, said its revenue rose by 74% in 2009 despite the difficult economy. Privately-held Synergy released only percentage revenue increase, not revenue numbers.

Synergy said most of its growth came...

Contract watch: Medefis

January 28, 2010

Medefis Inc. announced it signed an agreement to provide vendor management services, including management of contingent labor from staffing firms, to Genesis Rehab Services, a firm that manages rehabilitation programs for skilled nursing centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals and other facilities....

Atlas sets date for Select merger vote

January 27, 2010

A merger between Koosharem Corp., which does business as Select Staffing, and Atlas Acquisitions Holdings Corp. (AMEX: AXG) is coming for a vote by Atlas shareholders on Feb. 12, the company announced. The deal would take Santa Barbara CA-based Select Staffing public, and Select's executive officers...