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US jobless claims average falls by 3,500

July 10, 2014

The U.S. four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 3,500 in the week ended July 5 to 311,500 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 315,000, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.The four-week moving avera...


How to best prep a candidate for an interview — The Staffing Stream

July 10, 2014

Now that you’ve secured an interview for a candidate with your client, it’s time to prep them for the face-to-face encounter to capitalize on this opportunity. Michael Eisenstadt, managing partner and founder of Michael Greg Search Group Inc., discusses some of the best practices on candidate pre...


Web: Temp hemp enthusiast claims agency fired him

July 10, 2014

The Associated Press reports a temporary agency worker who waited in line overnight to be the first customer at Spokane’s first legal marijuana shop claims he was fired. For the story, click here.


List ranks largest US staffing firms; here are top five

July 9, 2014

Staffing Industry Analysts today released its list of largest U.S. staffing firms, which included 124 staffing firms with U.S. staffing and talent engagement revenue of more than $100 million.The five largest firms in the U.S. by 2013 staffing and talent engagement revenue are: Allegis Group, $...


Finding qualified workers remains challenge, new survey says

July 9, 2014

It is still difficult for employers to fill open positions, despite high unemployment, according to survey results from Express Employment Professionals. Eighty-three percent of Express franchises said it was “somewhat difficult” or “very difficult” to recruit and fill positions, up from 78 perce...


CEO confidence slips in Q2

July 9, 2014

CEO confidence edged down in the second quarter after posting an increase in the first quarter. The Conference Board’s and PwC Network’s measure of CEO confidence fell to a level of 62 in the second quarter from 63 in the first quarter.“CEOs are slightly less confident than in Q1, as both their a...


Hay Group says US base salaries to rise median 3%

July 9, 2014

U.S. employees can expect a median base salary increase of 3.0 percent in 2015, according to research released by consulting firm Hay Group. After factoring in annualized consumer price index growth at 2.1 percent, the resulting base pay movement for 2015 is expected to be a net gain of 0.9 perce...


Web: EEOC lawsuit cites age discrimination against temp

July 9, 2014

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas late Tuesday, alleging that a court manager discriminated against a 70-year-old temporary employee by dismissing her in 2012. To read the article, click here.


US job openings edge up, hires slip

July 8, 2014

The number of U.S. job openings in May rose 3.8 percent from April to 4.6 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job openings rate — a measure of job openings compared with total employment — edged up to 3.2 percent in May from...


Peoplelink acquires IT consulting firm, announces Peoplelink Solutions Group

July 8, 2014

Peoplelink Staffing Solutions acquired Actium Consulting, a management consulting firm that provides project-driven IT staffing and consulting services. The company also formed Peoplelink Group, an entity to house its various staffing brands.The Actium acquisition closed July 1; terms were not di...