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Consumer confidence nears seven-year high in August

August 26, 2014

The Conference Board consumer confidence index rose in August to a reading of 92.4 (1985=100) from 90.3 in July, aided in part by healthy job growth.“Consumer confidence increased for the fourth consecutive month as improving business conditions and robust job growth helped boost consumers’ spiri...


More insurance firms to cut temp use in second half

August 26, 2014

Most insurance companies still plan to add staff this year, but more insurance companies plan to use fewer temps, according to the semi-annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study conducted by The Jacobson Group and Ward Group.The survey found 15 percent of insurance companies plan to decrease thei...


Quote of the week: Labor market

August 26, 2014

“Significant structural factors have affected the labor market, including the aging of the workforce and other demographic trends, possible changes in the underlying degree of dynamism in the labor market, and the phenomenon of ‘polarization,’ that is, the reduction in the relative number of midd...


Web: Houston energy staffing firm plans for acquisitions

August 26, 2014

The Houston Business Journal reports Swift Worldwide Resources is actively taking a look at acquisitions. To read the story, click here.


Volt switching to NYSE MKT Exchange

August 25, 2014

Volt Information Sciences Inc. (OTCBB: VISI) announced it will it will transfer the listing of its stock from the OTC to New York Stock MKT Exchange, part of the NYSE Group. The New York-based company expects to begin trading on the NYSE MKT on Aug. 26, under the symbol "VISI."“We are e...


Learning solutions firm to acquire SumTotal Systems

August 25, 2014

Skillsoft Corporation agreed to acquire SumTotal Systems LLC from affiliates of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. The acquisition brings new offerings to Skillsoft, which provides cloud-based learning solutions, and expands its global reach.SumTotal provides a human resources technology...


Small businesses increase hiring for first time this year

August 25, 2014

Small businesses with primarily one to 10 employees reported month-over-month hiring edged up 0.1 percent, the first increase of 2014, according to the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard survey for August. The increase is significant because hiring had been flat to down on a month-over-month ba...


Mexico indexes indicate economy to improve

August 25, 2014

Continued improvement in both the leading economic index and the coincident economic index in Mexico suggests the rate of economic expansion will likely pick up in the second half of the year, according to The Conference Board.The organization reported its leading economic index for Mexico rose i...


What to do (and not do) for a symbiotic staffing buyer relationship

August 25, 2014

Contingent workforce managers and programs invariably need to rely on vendors for temporary hiring needs, which makes for a symbiotic relationship. Peggy O’Neill, Disney’s director of staffing contingent workforce, discusses the “do’s and don’ts” for vendors to consider in their engagement with c...


Why recruiters have a bad rap and what we can do to fix it — Staffing Stream

August 25, 2014

Maya Medena, vice president, talent, with Michael Greg Search, lists what ticks people off about recruiters and discusses ways to improve those perceptions in The Staffing Stream. To read the post, click here.The Staffing Stream is a blog where issues, trends and views from all corners of the sta...