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Texas area posts lowest jobless rate among large metros

September 30, 2015

Austin-Round Rock, Texas, had the lowest unemployment rate in August, 3.2%, among US metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The St. Paul, Minn.,-Bloomington, Wis., area followed at 3.3%.

The Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev., metropolitan...

HR professionals’ confidence in labor market at six-year high, SHRM survey finds

September 30, 2015

Confidence in the US labor market climbed among HR professionals this year, according to the Jobs Outlook Survey released today by the Society for Human Resource Management.

More than two-thirds of HR professionals surveyed, 69%, had some level of confidence in the US job market for the second half of...

Firms bringing in temporary foreign workers to US to move jobs overseas — Web

September 30, 2015

The New York Times reports companies are using global outsourcing firms to bring in workers on temp visa programs. Some experts believe the intent of the visas is being thwarted. American employers see it differently.

Independent workers up 12% since 2011; jump seen in $100,000-plus earners

September 29, 2015

The number of full- and part-time independent workers in the US has risen 12% since 2011 to a total of 30.2 million, according to MBO Partners’ fifth annual “State of Independence in America 2015” survey. Comparing just 2015 and 2014, the number of independent workers held steady.

In addition, the...

Healthcare Staffing Summit — Rosy outlook through 2016, focus shifting

September 29, 2015

Staffing firms will benefit as users of healthcare staffing services will desperately need workers through 2016. In the longer term, users of these services will increasingly pay more for quality workers, and technology will create need for new skills and new roles.

Tony Gregoire, director of...

BG Staffing acquires mid-Atlantic IT staffing firm

September 29, 2015

BG Staffing Inc. (NYSE: BGSF), a Plano, Texas-based staffing firm, acquired substantially all of the assets of the Vision Technology Services family of companies (VTS). Based in the Baltimore area, VTS provides IT temporary staffing talent and project management services to companies throughout the mid-Atlantic...

Consumer confidence higher in September but labor market outlook mixed

September 29, 2015

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for the US rose in September to a reading of 103.0 (1985=100), up from a reading of 101.3 in August, The Conference Board announced today.

“Consumer confidence increased moderately in September, following August’s sharp rebound,” said Lynn Franco,...

EEOC Sues Day & Zimmermann NPS for retaliation over discrimination charge

September 29, 2015

Day & Zimmermann NPS, a provider of staffing services to the power industry, unlawfully retaliated against a worker who filed a disability bias charge with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and sought to interfere with the rights of employees to communicate with EEOC, the federal agency...

TaskRabbit COO’s advice to 20-year-old self: Don’t stress so much — Staffing Quote of the Week

September 29, 2015

“Don’t stress so much. The hardest moments of your life in your 20s will provide some of the greatest lessons that will come in handy later,” is the advice TaskRabbit COO Stacy Brown-Philpot would give to herself if she was still 20 years old. Fortune asked corporate leaders on its “40 Under...

Temp staffing revenue growth rate slows in August, Pulse finds

September 28, 2015

US temporary staffing revenue rose a median 11% year over year in August among staffing firms taking part in Staffing Industry Analysts’ monthly Pulse Survey. The 11% growth in August is a deceleration from the 14% growth rate reported in July.

“Most segments decelerated in August in terms of median...