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Southern California, Motor city areas post highest jobless rates

December 9, 2014

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California and the Detroit-Warren-Livonia area in Michigan posted the highest unemployment rates in October — each at 8.1 percent — among all large metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics rep...


Staffing is more professionalized — staffing quote of the week

December 9, 2014

“It’s become a lot more professionalized. In the 1990s pre-Internet, recruiters had a database, a Rolodex of résumés. Nobody else had these résumés, nobody else had the contacts, and they were calling hiring managers. It was quite different than today where there’s a lot out there on the Internet...


ACA compliance a top concern for payroll departments, study says

December 8, 2014

The Affordable Care Act remains a top compliance concern facing the payroll tax environment for a majority of US organizations, according to The Hackett Group’s 2014 Payroll & Tax Compliance Study released by Ceridian. Sixty-eight percent of respondents surveyed indicated that the ACA is the...


Staffing firms to pay $580,000 in discrimination lawsuit

December 8, 2014

Two affiliates of Select Staffing will pay $580,000 to settle a race and national origin discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in federal court in Tennessee, the agency announced.The EEOC alleged New Koosharem and Real Time Staffing, affiliates of Select...


NABE economists expect faster US economic growth in 2015

December 8, 2014

US economic growth will accelerate in 2015, according to the National Association for Business Economics’ outlook survey of 48 professional forecasters.“The NABE panelists’ median forecast is for real GDP growth to measure 3.1 percent on an annual average basis next year, a marked improvement fro...


Labor market ‘churn’ rates lag job creation

December 8, 2014

Churn rates — a measure of job-to-job movement among workers within a labor market — are lagging behind job creation, according to a report by CareerBuilder and EMSI released today. The national churn rate fell 23 percent during the recession and remained below pre-recession levels through 2013.“...


Employment index signals strong job growth

December 8, 2014

The Conference Board’s US employment trends index increased in November to a reading of 123.24, up from October’s downwardly revised reading of 122.8. The November reading is up 6.1 percent from the same month a year ago.“The employment trends index increased for the 11th straight month in Novemb...


Should staffing firms or buyers pay for the ACA? — Staffing Stream

December 8, 2014

Should staffing firms be on the hook for the extra costs associated the Affordable Care Act? Should it be staffing buyers or should it be a shared responsibility? Don Dewar, vice president, national sales, at inSync Staffing, discusses this question in a new post in The Staffing Stream. To read t...


US adds most nonfarm jobs in nearly 3 years; temp employment up by 22,700

December 5, 2014

The US added 321,000 nonfarm jobs in November — the largest monthly increase since January 2012 — and the number of US temporary help services jobs rose by 22,700, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The temp penetration reached another new high of 2.1...


Canada loses 10,700 jobs in November; unemployment rate edges up

December 5, 2014

Employment in Canada declined slightly in November following two months of notable gains, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by Statistics Canada. Canada lost 10,700 jobs in November to a total of approximately 17.96 million; the number of full-time jobs rose by approximately...