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Jobless claims average unchanged but total claims fall by 12,000

November 25, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance was 271,000 last week, unchanged from the previous week’s average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor. The prior week’s average was revised slightly upwards by 250....

People: Randstad, Phillips Staffing, Accenture

November 25, 2015

Jim Link, chief human resources officer, Randstad North America, was elected to the board of directors of the Society for Human Resource Management for a three-year period.

Phillips Staffing, a staffing and human capital solution provider headquartered in Greenville, SC, named Rick Redmon to its leadership...

GDP estimate revised higher, ‘sturdy’ quarter

November 24, 2015

US real GDP rose in the third quarter at an annual rate of 2.1%, according to second estimate issued by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. The new estimate revises an earlier, advance estimate of 1.5%.

GDP increased 3.9% in the second quarter.

“This is a sturdy second GDP print for the third quarter...

Federal wage and hour lawsuits up 8% to record high, firm finds

November 24, 2015

Federal wage and hour lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act reached a record high for the 12 months ending in September, employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP reported. The firm, citing data obtained from the Federal Judicial Center, reported 8,781 Fair Labor Standards Act cases were filed,...

Latest ASA index rises over week, but down over year

November 24, 2015

The American Staffing Association’s index measuring employment in the US staffing industry for the week of Nov. 9 to Nov. 15, which contained the Veterans Day holiday, rose 0.31% compared to the previous week. However, the index was down 4.47% from the same week last year.

The index value was 101.11....

Consumer confidence falls in November on pessimistic jobs outlook

November 24, 2015

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for the US fell again in November following a moderate decrease in October, The Conference Board announced today. The index fell to a reading of 90.4 (1985=100), down from a reading of 99.1 in October.

Consumers’ outlook for the labor market was also...

Where are Canada’s PhDs employed?

November 24, 2015

A PhD is a prerequisite for an academic career, but fewer than 20% of Canada’s PhDs are employed as full-time university professors, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s report, “Inside and Outside the Academy: Valuing and Preparing PhDs for Careers.”

The number of PhDs awarded by Canadian...

Veteran exec talks cautious hiring — Staffing quote of the week

November 24, 2015

“If I were running a company right now, I’d be very, very careful in my hiring decisions,” veteran executive Bob Nardelli told Yahoo Finance at the EY Strategic Growth Forum in California. “Every day when these CEOs walk in, it’s kind of a throw the dice of: what are the external factors, what...

UK RPO firm to open North America global service center

November 23, 2015

Resource Solutions, a recruitment process outsourcing firm headquartered in the UK, will open a global service center in Jacksonville, Fla., to serve North America. The company aims to have employees working in Jacksonville in January and plans to open the service center this spring. The firm plans to...

Canada: New Ontario employment laws in effect for temporary and foreign workers

November 23, 2015

Effective Nov. 20, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 (Bill 18) became law, amending the Employment Standard Act of 2000. Ontario workers hired through a temporary help agency may now recover unpaid wages from both the agency and the agency’s client-business in cases where the...