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Jobless four-week average edges down

September 4, 2008

In the week ended Aug. 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 444,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. The four-week moving average was 438,000, a decrease of 3,250, or 0.7%, from the previous week's revised average of 441,250.


Service sector posts slight growth

September 4, 2008

The U.S. service sector posted growth in August after contracting in July, but the Institute for Supply Management's nonmanufacturing index released today was still relatively flat. The index rose to 50.6 in August from 49.5 in July. Readings above 50 indicate expansion. The employment portion of...


Healthcare Staffing Summit draws near

September 4, 2008

The 2008 Healthcare Staffing Summit begins Monday. Healthcare staffing industry executives will gather in San Francisco to hear the latest on the state of the industry, get the lowdown on best practices and network. This year's speakers include: *Barry Asin, Staffing Industry Analysts' executive...


Monster index rises over month

September 4, 2008

The Monster Worldwide Inc. (NASD: MNST) employment index rose two points month-over-month in August to a reading of 159. Still, the index was down 14 points from its August 2007 reading of 186. "Employers are now stepping up their online recruitment efforts in preparation for the fall hiring seas...


ADP report - U.S. loses 33,000 jobs

September 4, 2008

The U.S. lost 33,000 private-sector nonfarm jobs in August, on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the national employment report released today by Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NYSE: ADP). In addition, the report revised down the number of jobs gained in July to 1,000 from the original c...


Temps Inc. buying BrightMed

September 4, 2008

Temps Inc., a St. Louis-based healthcare staffing firm, struck a deal to acquire BrightMed Inc., a provider of travel nurses and allied healthcare professionals. Terms of the deal were not announced. "This will be our entrée into travel healthcare staffing," said Todd Kane, president and CEO of...


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

September 4, 2008

Here is the latest research from Staffing Industry Analysts BRIEFING - Staffing Industry Stock Index analysis *SISI gains 1.9%; 16 firms up, 4 down*Cheaper oil boosts broader market*CDI, TrueBlue see big gains For the Briefing, click here.


Gannett now holds majority of CareerBuilder

September 3, 2008

Newspaper publisher Gannett Co. Inc. acquired a controlling interest in CareerBuilder.com. Gannett said today it purchased an additional 10% stake in the online job site from the Tribune Company for $135 million, giving it a 50.8% share. Gannett previously held a 40.8% stake in the company with T...


Number of online job ads rise

September 3, 2008

The number of U.S. jobs posted online rose to more than 4.8 million in August, up 7% from July, according to The Conference Board's measure of online help-wanted ads. Compared to August 2007, the number of online ads was up 4%. "We have seen no real improvement in labor demand throughout 2008 and...


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

September 3, 2008

Here is the latest research from Staffing Industry Analysts. INSIGHT - Legal staffing growth update *Generally solid growth despite weak economy*Geography plus ebb and flow of large projects driving volatility*Legal employment growing outside legal services sector For the Insight, click here.