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Jobless claims jump by 13,000

October 14, 2010

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance filed in the week ended Oct. 9 rose by 13,000 compared with the previous week, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Initial claims for the week ended Oct. 9 totaled 462,000, up 2.9% from...

Manpower CEO: Don't squander opportunity

October 14, 2010

Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) Chairman and CEO Jeff Joerres was slated during a keynote speech at the American Staffing Association's Staffing World 2010 conference today to caution the staffing industry that it must not squander its opportunity to shape the post-recession workforce.

"Our industry has...

Staffing association taps Yoh as chairman

October 14, 2010

William Yoh, chairman of Yoh and chief customer officer of parent company Day & Zimmermann, was elected chairman of the American Staffing Association's board of directors.

"With the continued recovery of our industry, along with significant changes in healthcare reform, employment law and customer...

Randstad: FujiStaff tender offer successful

October 14, 2010

A tender offer by Randstad Holding NV for shares in Japanese staffing firm FujiStaff Holdings was successfully completed, Randstad announced today.

A total of 606,526 shares were tendered -- which includes shares previously held by the founding shareholders and those already held by Randstad -- representing...

People: MBO Partners, KellyOCG

October 14, 2010

MBO Partners appoints VP of implementation for its enterprise solutions division. Four executives from Kelly OCG named to boards of trustees at the Human Resources Outsourcing Association ...

MBO Partners appointed David Cassar as VP of implementation for its enterprise solutions division. Cassar has...

Producer price index steady over month

October 14, 2010

The U.S. producer price index for the employment services industry was unchanged in September from August at a reading of 125.8 (Dec. 1996=100), according to nonseasonally adjusted number reported today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. September's index reading was still up from its September...

Survey Recession hits boss relationships

October 13, 2010

Forty-five percent of U.S. workers said the recession impacted the relationship with their boss, according to a survey by Spherion Staffing Services, a division of SFN Group Inc. (NYSE: SFN). Among those who said the recession impacted their relationship, 74% said it weakened the relationship with...

Indecon acquiring SkilGroup

October 13, 2010

Indecon Solutions is acquiring SkilGroup Inc., a Schaumburg IL-based firm that provides information technology staffing and other IT services. Terms of the transaction were not announced.

SkilGroup, founded in 1999, will operate as Indecon. SkilGroup founder John Dreyer is presently current chairman...

Survey: Health plan costs to rise

October 13, 2010

Costs for employer-provided healthcare benefits will rise by more than 10% in 2011, according to a survey of more than 120 insurers and administrators by Buck Consultants, a division of the Xerox Company.

Preferred provider organization costs are expected to rise by 11.6%, point-of-service plans costs...

CIETT lauds Nobel Prize winners

October 13, 2010

The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (CIETT) today lauded the awarding of this year's Nobel Prize for Economics to three economists who developed a theory that helps explain why many people can remain unemployed despite a large number of job vacancies.

The prize was awarded...