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Spherion worker confidence index hits low

January 9, 2009

Spherion Corp.'s (NYSE: SFN) employee confidence index hit a new low in December, falling to a reading of 40.4 from a reading of 42.0 in November. The index's survey found that 33% of U.S. workers planned to look for a new job in the next year compared with 35% in November. It also found that 7...


Leading index up, but still recessionary

January 9, 2009

The growth rate for the Economic Cycle Research Institute's weekly leading index measuring the U.S. economy contracted 26.8% in the week ended Jan. 2; it had contracted 28.7% in the prior period. The index level is now 109.4. "While [weekly leading index] growth has inched up over the past four...


Average of jobless claims falls 4.9%

January 8, 2009

The four-week moving average of seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims fell 4.9% to 525,750 in the week ended Jan. 3 from the previous week's revised average of 552,750, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. In addition, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemploymen...


Despite slowdown, 19% want new job

January 8, 2009

Despite the recession, 19% of workers said finding a new job is on their list of New Year's resolutions, according to the 2009 job forecast survey by CareerBuilder.com. Among the reasons for leaving, 49% cited better pay and/or career advancement opportunities as the primary reasons they plan to...


People - Westaff, Kforce, Ferreri, Equis

January 8, 2009

Westaff Inc. (NASD: WSTF) named a new president, and Kforce Inc. (NASD: KFRC) announced several personnel changes. In addition, personnel announcements were made by Ferreri Search and Equis Financial Staffing. Westaff, a Walnut Creek CA-based professional staffing firm, named Stephen Russo as p...


Report - Google cuts temps, number unclear

January 8, 2009

A news report said online search giant Google Inc. reported cutting a "substantial" amount of its temporary workers and contractors, but the exact number remains unclear. Google announced the cuts in a Dec. 16 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and said it now has 4,300 inte...


Report - Google cuts temps, number unclear

January 8, 2009

A news report said online search giant Google Inc. reported cutting a "substantial" amount of its temporary workers and contractors, but the exact number remains unclear. Google announced the cuts in a Dec. 16 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and said it now has 4,300 in...


Monster employment index dips 12 points

January 8, 2009

The Monster Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: MWW) employment index fell 12 points to a reading of 131 in December from November. It was down 38 points compared with December 2007. "Although some of the decline can be attributed to end-of-year seasonality, as the index has dipped every month of December sinc...


People - Westaff, Kforce, Ferreri, Equis

January 8, 2009

Westaff Inc. (NASD: WSTF) named a new president, and Kforce Inc. (NASD: KFRC) announced several personnel changes. In addition, personnel announcements were made by Ferreri Search and Equis Financial Staffing. Westaff, a Walnut Creek CA-based professional staffing firm, named Stephen Russo as pre...


Monster employment index dips 12 points

January 8, 2009

The Monster Worldwide Inc. (NASD: MNST) employment index fell 12 points to a reading of 131 in December from November. It was down 38 points compared with December 2007. "Although some of the decline can be attributed to end-of-year seasonality, as the index has dipped every month of December s...