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US leading index points to moderate economic growth for rest of year

August 20, 2015

The Conference Board’s US leading economic index fell 0.2% in July to a reading of 123.3 (2010 = 100), following increases of 0.6% in both June and May.“The US [leading economic index] fell slightly in July after four months of strong gains. Despite a sharp drop in housing permits, the US [leadin...


Jobless claims average up 5,500

August 20, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 5,500 last week to a total of 271,500 from the previous week’s downwardly revised average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor.The four-week moving average d...


List ranks largest engineering staffing firms

August 19, 2015

Aerotek (Allegis Group) ranks as the largest supplier of engineering staffing in the US, according to a new report released by Staffing Industry Analysts. The annual list of largest US engineering staffing firms includes companies with at least $50 million in the US engineering staffing segment i...


California firm to pay $5 million for misclassifying workers

August 19, 2015

National Consolidated Couriers Inc. agreed to pay $5 million in unpaid wages and damages after misclassifying more than 600 delivery drivers in California as independent contractors, the US Department of Labor announced today.The case is one of two misclassification cases announced by the Departm...


ManpowerGroup CEO joins board of Kohl’s department stores

August 19, 2015

ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) CEO Jonas Prising was elected to serve on the board of Kohl’s Corporation, the department store operator with net sales of $19.02 billion in 2014. He takes up the role immediately.“Jonas is a great addition to our board,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, CEO and...


Oregon staffing firm Boly:Welch names new president, CFO

August 19, 2015

Boly:Welch, a Portland, Ore.-based recruiting and consulting firm, named Andrew Welch as company president. The 30-year agency also named Juanita Leard as CFO.Co-founder Diane Boly will remain in a management role as board director. CEO and board director Pat Welch and operations director Karen F...


Canadian staffing index higher over month but downward year-over-year trend continues

August 19, 2015

The Canadian staffing index, a measure of staffing activity in Canada, rose to a reading of 108 in July, up from an index value of 103 in June. However, the index fell 5% year over year from a reading of 113 in July 2015.The index value of 100 corresponds to the size of the industry in July 2008,...


OSHA committee on temp workers schedules monthly meetings

August 19, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold monthly meetings of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health's Temporary Workers Work Group in Washington, DC. The monthly meetings are scheduled for the following dates in 2015: Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 16 and No...


Labor SMART revenue edges down in Q2; net loss narrows

August 18, 2015

Labor SMART Inc. (OTCBB: LTNC), a provider of industrial staffing serving the southeastern US, reported second-quarter revenue edged down 1.0% to $6.4 million. The company attributed the decrease to a strategic decision to remove high risk, low margin accounts from its revenue stream during the s...


Online work service firm Zirtual restarts after acquisition

August 18, 2015

Zirtual Inc. resumed service yesterday following its acquisition by startup launch platform Startups.co. Zirtual provides virtual assistance services to executives, but it had abruptly shut down on Aug. 10. Startups.co will purchase the company and all its assets; terms of the all-stock tran...