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Spherion employee confidence index rises

September 8, 2008

Spherion Corp. (NYSE: SFN) said its employee confidence index rose for the first time since May, jumping 2.4 points to 47.6 in August. Helping boost the index was an increase in the number of workers who believe the economy is getting stronger. The index's survey in August found that 8% thought t...


September 5, 2008

Interim Healthcare Inc. named Kathleen Gilmartin as its new president and CEO. Gilmartin formerly served as chief operating officer of Nursefinders Inc., and has more than 35 years' of healthcare experience. Interim is a Sunrise FL-based home healthcare and staffing firm, and has a network of mor...

Canada gains 15,200 jobs

September 5, 2008

Employment in Canada rose by 15,200 jobs in August with total employment at approximately 17.1 million, Statistics Canada reported today. The country gained 16,100 full-time jobs, and lost 900 part-time jobs. The nationwide unemployment rate was unchanged in August from July at 6.1%. In Ontario,...

Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

September 5, 2008

Here is the latest research from Staffing Industry Analysts. INSIGHT - 2008 women- and minority-owned staffing firm list *List includes 65 diversity staffing firms*14 of those companies also appeared on fastest-growing staffing firm list*49 had revenue for more than $10 million For the Insight, c...


September 5, 2008

Temp jobs off 37,000Temporary help payrolls fell by 37,000 jobs in August, the 19th monthly reduction in temp jobs out of the last 20 months. On a year-over-year basis, temporary help payrolls were down 9.1%, the largest year-over-year decline since 2002. Temporary help penetration slipped to 1....

Leading index contracts

September 5, 2008

The growth rate for Economic Cycle Research Institute's weekly leading index measuring the U.S. economy contracted 11.7% in the week ended Aug. 29, although the index's level still increased to 126.3. The growth rate is derived from a four-week moving average of the level and compared against the...

Volt staffing revenue falls

September 4, 2008

Staffing sales fell 3.9% at Volt Information Sciences Inc. (NYSE: VOL) in the company's fiscal third quarter ended July 27. Volt reported third-quarter staffing revenue of $499.0 million, down from $519.1 million in the third quarter of the previous year. The company said sales in its technical p...

Staffing buyers pay more slowly in August

September 4, 2008

The speed at which buyers of staffing services pay staffing firms slowed in August, according to the Capital TempFunds credit index. The index fell 10 points in August to a reading of 100 — the same as its base line. Data for the index comes from Capital TempFunds' clients across the country and...

One simple, easy and inexpensive way to improve your visibility and drive your referrals

September 4, 2008

Name tags for temps may help with staffing firms' marketing efforts, Staffing Industry Analysts' Senior Research Analyst Noël Calvi writes in The Contingent Blog. For more, click here.

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.