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Upwork report finds population of US freelancers holds steady, income on the rise

October 1, 2015

The percentage of the US workforce represented by freelancers held steady at 34% in 2015 from 2014, according to online staffing firm Upwork’s second annual Freelancing in America survey released today.

It follows another report out earlier this week on the independent workforce by MBO Partners. Upwork...

ISM manufacturing index decelerates in September

October 1, 2015

The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing managers index for US manufacturing decelerated to a reading of 50.2 in September, down from August’s reading of 51.1. The reading indicates some continued expansion, but at a slower pace.

Readings above 50 indicate growth.

Reuters reports the reading...

College grads’ job plans point to healthy hiring market

October 1, 2015

More college graduates from the class of 2015 plan to enter the workforce immediately after college rather than go to grad school — an indication of a healthy hiring market for grads, the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported. In difficult times, more students tend to enter grad school...

Jobless claims average down but total claims rise 10,000

October 1, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 1,000 last week to a total of 270,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor. This is the lowest level in almost two months...

OSHA fines Illinois plant, two staffing firms

October 1, 2015

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited staffing buyer Stampede Meat Inc., an Illinois meat processing plant, for failing to train workers — including temporary workers — about hazardous chemicals, exposing workers to a variety of workplace hazards. OSHA...

IRS won’t deem staffing clients as common law employers, attorney says

October 1, 2015

Since the IRS released its regulations regarding the ACA’s employer mandate, some staffing clients have been concerned that the agency might deem contingent workers assigned to them to be their common law employees, writes George Reardon, an attorney whose...

Paychex revenue rises 8% in fiscal Q1, HR services up 15%

September 30, 2015

Paychex Inc. (NASD: PAYX), a provider of payroll services and PEO services, reported revenue rose 8% to $723.0 million in its fiscal first quarter 2016 ended Aug. 31.

The company includes PEO revenue in its human resource services segment, which reported a 15% increase in first-quarter revenue to $279.7...

US adds 200,000 jobs in September on large firms' growth, ADP reports

September 30, 2015

US private sector employment rose by 200,000 jobs in September from August, according to the ADP national employment report produced by Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NASD: ADP) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. September’s jobs gain is an increase from August’s 186,000 additions — a...

Healthcare VMS provider MedAssets to cut 180 positions

September 30, 2015

MedAssets Inc. (NASD: MDAS), a vendor management system provider in the healthcare space, plans to reduce its workforce by approximately 180 full-time employees by the end of 2015 as part of a cost reduction program, according to a filing today with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company...

Online job ads fall in September, office and administrative support ads lead decline

September 30, 2015

US online job ads fell by 138,500 in September to approximately 5.28 million, according to The Conference Board’s report on online job ads released today. September’s decrease follows a gain of 34,200 in August and leaves the third quarter of 2015 with a small over-the-quarter decline of 21,000 job...