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US employment index rises in June, suggests strong job growth through summer

July 6, 2015

The Conference Board’s US employment trends index rose in June to a reading of 129.11 from May’s downwardly revised reading of 128.47. The June reading is up 4.8% from the same month a year ago.  “The growth in the employment trends index accelerated in Q2, suggesting strong job growth...


PDS Tech acquires Legacy Engineering

July 6, 2015

PDS Tech Inc. purchased Legacy Engineering LLC. PDS Tech provides staffing and recruiting services and engineering and IT project solutions to the aerospace, defense, telecom, infrastructure, energy and other major industries.The transaction closed July 1; terms were not disclosed.PDS w...


US nonmanufacturing economic index accelerates in June

July 6, 2015

Economic activity in the US nonmanufacturing sector expanded at a faster pace in June, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index released today.ISM’s non-manufacturing index rose in June to a reading of 56.0 from May’s reading of 55.7. Readings above 50 indicate g...


Attire, attitude hinder promotions, survey finds

July 6, 2015

Provocative clothing, a disheveled appearance and unprofessional haircut are a few things that cause employers to think twice before making a promotion, according to a survey by Careerbuilder. Behaviors such as exhibiting a negative attitude, consistently arriving late or gossiping can also work...


US adds 19,800 temp jobs in June, overall job growth slows

July 2, 2015

The US had 19,800 more temp jobs in June than May, up from an increase of 17,200 in May based on revised numbers, according to seasonally adjusted data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.In addition, the temp penetration rate in June rose to 2.055% from May’s rate of 2.044%. The penetration r...


Advantage promotes North America xPO president, UK exec

July 2, 2015

Advantage Resourcing America Inc., a division of Recruit Co. Ltd., promoted Beth Roekle to president, Advantage xPO North America, and Mike Brooksbank to managing director of Advantage Resourcing UK and Advantage xPO UK, effective July 1. Advantage xPO provides recruitment process outsourcing and...


Chartwell acquires Utah firm

July 2, 2015

Chartwell Staffing Solutions, a staffing provider based in Lancaster, Penn., acquired Eveready Staffing and Training in Ogden, Utah.The transaction closed July 1; terms were not disclosed.Eveready will rebrand as Chartwell. The owners are retiring, but all Eveready staff and managers remain with...


Canadian manufacturing PMI exceeds neutral value for first time in five months

July 2, 2015

The Royal Bank of Canada’s Canadian manufacturing purchasing managers’ index rose above the neutral 50.0 value in June for the first time in five months, pointing to a modest recovery in business conditions across the Canadian manufacturing sector. The index rose to a reading of 51.3 in June from...


Jobless claims average up, total claims rise 10,000

July 2, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 1,000 last week to a total of 274,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor.The four-week moving average decreases the v...


People: Kelly, Heidrick, Upwork, B. E. Smith, Lucas Group, and more

July 2, 2015

Kelly Services Inc.’s (NASD: KELYA) board of directors elected Hirotoshi Takahashi to the company’s board effective Aug. 1. Takahashi is executive VP of Temp Holdings, and president and CEO of Intelligence Ltd. He fills the board vacancy left by the retirement of Executive Director Toshio Sa...