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Real live humans

January 31, 2008

In a competitive twist, Netflix is doing something that at first appears counter-intuitive: in August, the company jettisoned its email customer service system, and hired real, live humans to answer customer service calls. Even more interestingly, those people actually live in the United States,...


Print help-wanted measure rises

January 31, 2008

The Conference Board's index measuring job ads in U.S. newspapers rose one point in December and now stands at 22. It was 33 in the same period a year ago. Help-wanted advertising in newspapers fell in eight of the nine U.S. regions in the past three months. The East North Central region showed a...


Monster index falls year-over-year for first time

January 31, 2008

The Monster Worldwide Inc. (NASD: MNST) employment index dropped nine points in January to a reading of 160 from a December reading of 169. The index is also down from the reading of 168 in January 2007, index's first annual decline on record. "The index's decline in January was likely due to asp...


Axium assets to be auctioned today

January 31, 2008

The assets of Axium International Inc. are scheduled to be sold in bankruptcy court today. Bankruptcy trustee Howard Ehrenberg said a company affiliated with former Axium President Ruben Rodriguez is the opening bidder at $2.5 million, but there are five other bidders as well. Axium also owned E...


Select parent buying Resolve assets

January 31, 2008

Select Staffing's parent company, Koosharem Corp., struck a deal to buy assets of Resolve Staffing Inc. (OTCBB: RSFF.OB), a Cincinnati-based staffing firm and professional employer organization. Resolve's assets are being sold by its lenders, and the Select deal doesn't include Resolve's liabilit...


Temporary Jobs Guidebook - 20 Fast Facts

January 31, 2008

Staffing Industry Analysts recently released its Temporary Jobs Guidebook, an evaluation of nearly 500 occupations in terms of temporary staffing market size, penetration, growth, and more. Upgraded corporate members can click here to get 20 fast facts to know about the direction of the market.


TrueBlue profit falls 33%

January 31, 2008

Fourth-quarter net income fell 33.4% at TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI), formerly known as Labor Ready Inc. Fourth-quarter revenue, however, rose 4.6%. TrueBlue reported net income of $14.4 million in the fourth quarter, down from $21.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. The 2006 quarter included a...


Unemployment claims rise by 69,000

January 31, 2008

In the week ended Jan. 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 375,000, an increase of 69,000, or 22.5%, from the previous week's revised figure of 306,000. This is the highest level since early October and the largest weekly jump since Sept. 2005 following...


Online job ads decline

January 30, 2008

The number of U.S. jobs posted online fell 5% month-over-month in January to approximately 3.4 million, according to The Conference Board's online help-wanted advertising survey. Year-over-year the number of ads rose 7%, one of the smallest increases since The Conference Board began measuring onl...


American Staffing Association index falls

January 30, 2008

The American Staffing Association's index measuring temporary employment was at 99 in January, down from 108 in December. The decline follows the holidays and January is also, typically, the slowest month for staffing, according to the organization. The index measures changes in the number of tem...