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Jobless claims average rises 0.5%

December 18, 2008

The four-week moving average of seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims rose 0.5% to 543,750 in the week ended Dec. 13 from the previous week's revised average of 541,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. In addition, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment...


Most U.K. temps satisfied with agencies

December 18, 2008

A survey of temporary workers in the United Kingdom found that 84% were satisfied with their temporary employment agencies and 68% were satisfied with their pay. The survey results appear in a report announced Wednesday by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the trade association for st...


Do you send flowers or not?

December 18, 2008

The question of sending gifts to clients is covered by Hinda Chalew, Staffing Industry Analysts' head of marketing and interactive services, in The Contingent Blog. For the full blog, click here.


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

December 18, 2008

Here is the latest research from Staffing Industry Analysts. INSIGHT - Outplacement growth update *Outplacement strongest sector of staffing*Ongoing layoffs should spur continued growth*Staffing Industry Analysts affirms 18% growth projection for 2009 WEBINAR - IT staffing trends and outlook *An...


Hudson cuts guidance, cites tough November

December 18, 2008

The Hudson Highland Group Inc. (NASD: HHGP), a professional staffing firm, cut its fourth-quarter revenue guidance and reported it may take a noncash charge of between $30 million and $75 million. Hudson said it now estimates fourth-quarter revenue of between $200 million to $210 million, down fr...


STG lands Homeland Security agreement

December 18, 2008

STG International, an Alexandria VA-based staffing and human resource services firm serving the federal government, said it was awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement for up to $84 million to serve the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office (ICE) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Sec...


U.S. leading index slips

December 18, 2008

The Conference Board's U.S. leading index of economic indicators fell 0.4% in November and now stands 99.0 (2004=100). The largest contributors to the decline were building permits, stock prices and initial unemployment claims. Based on revised data, the index fell 0.9% in October and was unchang...


National Technical gets delisting notice

December 17, 2008

National Technical Systems Inc. (NASD: NTSC) received a delisting notice on Monday from Nasdaq because its board doesn't meet an exchange requirement that it have a majority of independent directors. The company said one of five independent directors on its nine-member board, Ralph Clements, died...


Management acquires Pro Staff

December 17, 2008

The management team of Pro Staff, a Minneapolis-based staffing firm, acquired the company from the estate of Pro Staff founder Jeff Dobbs and his brother, Doug Dobbs. Terms of the deal were not announced. The new owners include co-founder Clay Morel, co-founder Michael Morris and Tim Allen. In ad...


The ABCs of staffing

December 17, 2008

The staffing industry has plenty of acronyms — BPO, HRO, VOP and MSP among others. Noël Calvi, senior research analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts, writes about keeping track of those acronyms and other industry terms in The Contingent Blog. For the full blog, click here.