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Jobless claims drop by 27,000

September 9, 2010

U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 27,000 to 451,000 in the week ended Sept. 4, a decline of 5.7% from the previous week, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The number of initial claims for the previous week -- ended Aug. 28...

Salary offers shrink 1% for college grads

September 9, 2010

The average starting salary offer to the college class of 2010 fell approximately 1%, according to results from the National Association of Colleges and Employers' fall 2010 salary survey released today.

For class of 2010 graduates with bachelor's degrees, the average starting salary offer is $48,288,...

Medrec acquires Complete Medical Staffing

September 8, 2010

Medrec Inc., a San Antonio-based healthcare staffing firm, acquired Complete Medical Staffing and California Medical Staffing, two firms who shared the same management.

CMS President Michael Jordan will join Medrec as director of nursing and nationwide travel, to grow the nursing business as well as...

Premier Alliance buys Q5Group

September 8, 2010

Premier Alliance Group Inc. (OTCBB: PIMO.OB) announced it acquired San Diego-based Q5Group Inc.

Q5Group's services include finance and accounting staffing, according to its Web site.

The deal closed Aug. 31, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Premier Alliance will...

Theft at staffing firm nets prison

September 8, 2010

A former internal employee at a Virginia Beach VA staffing firm was sentenced to 56 months in prison Aug. 17 after pleading guilty April 26 to embezzling more than $250,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Steven Chasmar, 31, had worked at staffing firm...

Job openings rise, hires and separations fall

September 8, 2010

U.S. job openings rose by 6.2% in July from the prior month and rose 30.1% year-over-year, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job openings rate -- a measure of job openings compared with total employment -- was 2.3% in July, up from 2.1% in June.

The number...

Census: Q2 staffing revenue is $46.39 billion

September 8, 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that second-quarter revenue in the U.S. employment services industry was $46.39 billion in the second quarter of this year.

That's up 7.7% from the first quarter and up 21.1% from the second-quarter of last year. However, Census Bureau numbers differ from other...

Manpower: Hiring not breaking 'sound barrier'

September 7, 2010

U.S. employers' hiring plans for the fourth quarter are up from the same period a year ago but down from the third quarter, according to Manpower Inc.'s (NYSE: MAN) new outlook survey released today.

Manpower's survey found that 15% of U.S. firms plan to add staff in the fourth quarter, 11% plan to...

Firm, others accused of forced labor

September 7, 2010

The owner of a Los Angeles staffing firm and five others were indicted on suspicion of holding approximately 400 Thai workers on farms in Hawaii in conditions of forced labor, according to an indictment filed Sept. 1 in U.S. federal court in Hawaii.

Mordechai Orian, owner of the staffing firm, Global...

Contract watch: AMN

September 7, 2010

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AMN) announced it signed a managed service provider and recruitment process outsourcing contract with Hendrick Medical Center, a 500-bed hospital in Abilene TX.

The contract took effect in July and includes centralizing permanent staffing recruitment and staffing...