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Economic gauge down again

June 27, 2008

The Economic Cycle Research Institute's weekly leading index level measuring the U.S. economy fell to 131.7 for the week ended June 20 from the prior period's level of 132.6. Lower index levels indicate a slower economy. The index's growth rate, derived from a four week moving average and compar...


Survey -- Diversity in workplace is critical to success

June 27, 2008

According to the latest Adecco USA Workplace Insights survey, most workers are of the opinion that companies are just providing lip service when it comes to diversity programs. Seventy-eight percent of the workers surveyed said they feel companies are not "walking the walk" when it comes to div...


GDP up 1% in 1Q08

June 26, 2008

The latest GDP estimates show that the economy, though still slow, did better in the first quarter of 2008. Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 1.0% in the first quarter of...


Print ads fall one point in May

June 26, 2008

The Conference Board's index measuring job ads in U.S. newspapers fell one point in May and now stands at 17. The measure is down 10 points from May 2007. Help-wanted advertising fell in all nine U.S. regions in the past three months. The largest declines occurred in the West North Central (-25....


Comsys introduces TAPFIN Process Solutions

June 26, 2008

Comsys IT Partners Inc. (NASD:CITP) is re-branding its recently formed Process Solutions Group. The new brand, TAPFIN Process Solutions, will operate as a division within Comsys and offer total human capital fulfillment and management solutions within three core service areas: vendor management...


WorkLife Financial buys two PEOs

June 26, 2008

WorkLife Financial Inc. recently acquired Strategic Business Solutions Inc., formerly owned by Strategic Financial Services Inc., and Texas-based U.S. Personnel, a professional employer organization. The combined entity totals $520 million in gross annual revenue, the company said, serving more...


Weekly unemployment claims remain unchanged

June 26, 2008

In the week ended June 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 384,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure.  The four-week moving average was 378,250, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 376,000. The state with th...


Local and state IT spend to increase 6.8% annually through 2013

June 25, 2008

According to a recent report from INPUT, a market research firm focusing on government IT spending, budget deficits will suppress state and local IT spending in 2009.  While budgets will remain tight throughout the forecast period, states and localities are still expected to seek new administra...


People -- Cejka Search, MDI Group

June 25, 2008

Cejka Search, the physician and healthcare executive search arm of Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (NASD: CCRN), expanded its leadership team to focus on two growing niches. Bonnie Siegel and Scott Bates have been named vice presidents of the healthcare information technology and healthcare found...


New office openings -- Tech USA, Epsen Fuller/IMD International

June 25, 2008

Tech USA, a Maryland-based privately held staffing and recruiting company, is opening a new location in Chicago. The new office will support the company's Fortune 100 clients. Tech USA specializes in placing information technology, engineering and scientific professionals with clients ranging f...