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US jobless claims average rises by 2,000

June 26, 2014

The U.S. four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 2,000 in the week ended June 21 to 314,250 from the previous week’s revised figure of 312,250, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.The four-week moving averag...


Half of employers reject candidates because of social media posts

June 26, 2014

More employers are turning to social networking sites to find additional information on potential candidates — and they’re not entirely impressed with what they’re seeing, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. The survey found 51 percent of employers who research job candidates on social...


One-third regret not taking enough vacation time, survey finds

June 26, 2014

Thirty-four percent of senior managers say taking too little time off was the biggest mistake they made with their last vacation, according to an OfficeTeam survey released today. Not being able to get their mind off work was next with 25 percent, followed by 22 percent who said checking in with...


Web: Demand for data scientists

June 26, 2014

Forbes reports the rapid growth of big data and analytics for use within businesses has created a huge demand for people capable of extracting knowledge from data. To read the story, click here.


Most staffing execs are horrible at social media — Staffing Stream

June 26, 2014

A handful of staffing executives do an exemplary job using social media to interact with clients, candidates, employees and brand advocates. It’s just difficult to find them, writes Leah McKelvey in a new post in The Staffing Stream. McKelvey, ClearEdge Marketing’s senior director, marketing and...


US real GDP contracts most since 2009

June 25, 2014

The Commerce Department lowered its estimate of growth in U.S. real GDP to a 2.9 percent contraction in the first quarter from an earlier, “second” estimate of a 1.0 percent contraction. The first quarter’s contraction was the first since the first quarter of 2011. Bloomberg reported it was the w...


Judge Group acquires Canadian IT staffing firm

June 25, 2014

The Judge Group, a Philadelphia-based staffing provider, acquired Keystream Inc., a Toronto-based provider of information technology staffing in the Canadian market. The deal was announced Tuesday.Keystream has been a vendor of record to the Ontario government since 1998. It will now operate out...


Fewer CIOs in US to increase staff size, but more filling open slots

June 25, 2014

Slightly fewer U.S. chief information officers plan to add more IT staff in the second half of 2014 compared to the first half, according to a new technology hiring forecast survey by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). However, more CIOs plan to hire for open roles. Robert Half U.S. IT...


Mexican economy’s growth lower than expected, but data point to improvement

June 25, 2014

Mexico’s economy expanded at an annualized rate of 1.1 percent in the first quarter, according to an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The growth was below analysts’ expectations, but recent data points to improvement.Formal-sector employment grew at an annualized rate of 5.5 percen...


SHRM: Employees’ financial situations may affect absenteeism

June 25, 2014

Employees’ financial circumstances may be affecting absenteeism. Almost two-fifths of human resources professionals say employees have missed work in the past 12 months because of a financial emergency, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.“The results could signal t...