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Last chance to check your pulse

April 19, 2010

The Pulse Survey -- a monthly opportunity to benchmark your staffing firm's performance -- will close at 11 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday.

To receive the 30-page report on the survey's findings, staffing firms' must participate in the survey. Those participating will also be entered into a raffle for...

Only one state posts notable dip in jobless rate

April 16, 2010

Massachusetts was the only state in March to record a significant over-the-month decrease in its unemployment rate, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Massachusetts' jobless rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 9.3%.

Massachusetts' dip was the largest among states, but the District of...

Nebraska OKs misclassification law

April 16, 2010

Nebraska legislation that cracks down on employee misclassification was signed into law this week by the state's governor.

The Omaha World-Herald reported the new law takes aim at employers in the construction and delivery businesses that misclassify workers, and would fine employers $500 per day for...

SeatonCorp says Q1 revenue up 26%

April 16, 2010

SeatonCorp reported today that first-quarter revenue rose 26% year-over-year on an organic basis.

The company said 50 new client signings and other client expansions drove the growth.

"We believe SeatonCorp's strong Q1 results were largely due to our heavy focus on delivering outstanding service to...

People: Ciber, Arcus

April 16, 2010

Ciber Inc. (NYSE: CBR), a Greenwood Village CO-based information technology solutions and staffing firm, named Cyndie Henrichs as VP and area director of its federal civilian technology solutions business unit. Henrichs previously ran a consulting business aimed at helping firms sell products and services...

Office and admin workers' wage rises 1.3%

April 15, 2010

The median weekly wage for office and administrative support workers in the first quarter reached $619, up 1.3% from the first quarter of 2009, according to wage data released today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For transportation and material moving occupations, the first-quarter median...

CDC Global Services names CEO

April 15, 2010

CDC Global Services, a provider of information technology solutions and staffing, named Chung Kiu Wong as CEO.

Wong takes over from Peter Yip, who will continue to serve as CEO of CDC Corp., the parent company of CDC Global Services.

Wong most recently served as managing principal of Hong Kong-based...

Research: Placing contractors brings in $1.63 billion

April 15, 2010

Revenue from independent contractor placement services totaled $1.63 billion, according to the 2007 Economic Census. A Citation from Staffing Industry Analysts available to corporate members refers readers to more information on independent contractor placement from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Economic...

Beige Book: Temp firms cite hiring

April 15, 2010

Labor markets remain weak, but some hiring activity took place -- particularly for temporary staff, according to the Federal Reserve Beige Book report released Wednesday.

Federal Reserve districts in Cleveland, Richmond VA, Atlanta and Chicago reported strong demand for temporary workers, according...

Weekly jobless claims rise by 24,000

April 15, 2010

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended April 10 rose by 24,000, or 5.2%, to 484,000 from the previous week's unrevised number of 460,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

A Labor Department official told The Associated Press that difficulties in seasonal...