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BelFlex acquires Ohio staffing firm Palmer Temps

November 13, 2015

BelFlex Staffing Network, a light industrial staffing agency, will acquire the assets of Palmer Temps Inc., effective Nov. 15.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Middletown, Ohio-based Palmer Temps was founded in 1986 by Mary Jane Palmer Nunlist. Her husband, Richard Nunlist, has led the...

Economists trim GDP forecast for US, but job growth estimates up

November 13, 2015

The outlook for growth for US gross domestic product over the next two years looks slightly lower from that of three months ago but picks up steam in 2018, according to the fourth-quarter Survey of Professional Forecasters released today by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. However, the 45 forecasters...

Indexes suggest Mexico’s economic activity not likely to improve

November 13, 2015

Economic activity in Mexico is unlikely to improve in the coming months, according to The Conference Board.

The Conference Board’s leading economic index for Mexico fell in September for the fifth consecutive month. As a result, the six-month change in the leading economic index remains negative and...

Healthcare rates up 3.2% in 2015, Aon reports

November 13, 2015

The average healthcare rate increased 3.2% in 2015 for mid-size and large companies in 2015, according to an analysis released by Aon. This marks the lowest rate increase since Aon began tracking the data in 1996.

However, Aon projects average premium increases will jump to 4.1% in 2016.

“The sluggish...

People: Employee Solutions, Advanced Resources, Lucas, Russell Reynolds, Webber Kerr

November 13, 2015

Employee Solutions, a Plano, Texas-based light industrial staffing company, named Julie Miller as director of sales. She will lead business development efforts in the firm’s key markets: the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, as well as northeastern Oklahoma and northeastern...

South Dakota farmer, staffing firm debarred from H-2A visa program

November 13, 2015

The US Department of Labor announced a federal administrative law judge upheld its wage and hour division’s findings that a South Dakota dairy farmer and its staffing provider falsified documents to employ temporary foreign agricultural workers on a year-round basis.

Old Tree Farms LLC in Volga, SD,...

US job openings up in September

November 12, 2015

The number of US job openings in September rose 2.8% from August to more than 5.5 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. September had the second-highest level of job openings on record, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen, according...

Online staffing platform Fiverr raises $60 million

November 12, 2015

Freelance services marketplace Fiverr announced $60 million in new funding. Square Peg Capital led the round, with existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Accel and Qumra Capital also adding substantial new financing.

Founded in 2010, Fiverr operates as an online staffing platform, connecting...

Highest master’s degree starting salary is computer and info sciences at $89,583

November 12, 2015

Technical disciplines posted the highest starting salaries among master’s degree graduates of the class of 2015, according to salary survey data released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Computer and information sciences majors reported the highest starting salary at $89,583.


Small businesses struggling to find skilled labor, Indeed reports

November 12, 2015

Small businesses are struggling to hire skilled and specialized labor, according to October data from job search site Indeed’s small business index.

The report found 33% of electronic equipment installation and repair positions were still open after 90 days. Chiropractors and painters followed closely...