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Manufacturing's growth picks up speed

February 1, 2010

The Institute for Supply Management's key purchasing managers' index for manufacturing reached its highest level in January since August 2004. January's index reading of 58.4 marked an increase in the rate of expansion in the manufacturing segment over December's reading of 54.9. Readings of mor...


Report finds most online job ads since 2008

February 1, 2010

The number of online job ads rose by 382,000 in January to more than 4.0 million. This is the first time the number has exceeded 4.0 million since November 2008, according to The Conference Board's measure of online help-wanted ads released today. "The last three months have shown a sharp upturn...


Tapfin wins tentative New York contract

January 29, 2010

Tapfin, a division of Comsys IT Partners Inc. (NASD: CITP), announced a tentative contract award from the New York State Chief Information Officer and Office for Technology to serve as a managed services provider. "The contract is expected to generate millions in savings statewide by aggregating...


Office openings: Summit Technical Services

January 29, 2010

Summit Technical Services Inc., a staffing provider in the technical segment, announced the openings of new office in Durham NC and Cinnaminson NJ.


Emptoris revenue up 20%

January 29, 2010

Emptoris, a privately held supply management software company that provides a vendor management system, announced Thursday that revenue rose 6% in 2009 and by more than 20% in the fourth quarter on a year-over-year basis. The company also said it added several new customers over the past year in...


Symbio sale pushed back two weeks

January 29, 2010

The potential sale of Symbio Solutions, which provides a healthcare vendor management system, has been pushed back by about two weeks, CEO Rodney Shifflette said today. The company is now hoping to close a sale by the end of February; original plans were to close a sale by the middle of February...


GDP grows at 5.7% in fourth quarter

January 29, 2010

U.S. real gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 5.7% in the fourth quarter, according to the U.S. Commerce Department's advance estimate released today. MarketWatch reported the growth was the fastest in six years, but said that most economists believe the pace of growth will be aroun...


Robert Half fourth-quarter revenue falls 26%

January 29, 2010

Fourth-quarter revenue fell 25.5% on a year-over-year basis at Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). However, the Menlo Park CA-based professional staffing firm said demand improved during the fourth quarter. Robert Half posted fourth-quarter revenue of $737.4 million compared with $989.8...


LocumTenens.com index rise 27 points

January 29, 2010

LocumTenens.com's online job index analyzing demand for locum tenens rose 27 points, or 18%, in the fourth quarter to a reading of 1.78. It had fallen 16 points in the third quarter. The index includes data collected by LocumTenens.com since January 2007 and represents a broad quarterly analysis...


Mass layoffs lowest since July 2008

January 28, 2010

The number of mass layoffs in December fell 29.9% on a year-over-year seasonally adjusted basis, and reached their lowest level since July 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. There were 1,726 mass layoff actions in December compared with 2,461 in December 2008. Initial...