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ASA: Staffing employment up 0.8% in Q1

May 24, 2010

Staffing industry employment rose 0.8% in the first quarter of 2010 from the first quarter of 2009 - the first such improvement after nine quarters of year-over-year declines, according to the American Staffing Association's quarterly staffing employment survey released today.

An average of 2.0 million...

Nevada, California jobless rates among highest

May 21, 2010

While Michigan posted the highest jobless rate among states in April at 14.0%, it was followed by Nevada at 13.7% and California at 12.6%, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

North Dakota registered the lowest unemployment rate among states at 3.8%. South Dakota...

IRS releases form for HIRE Act tax credit

May 21, 2010

The IRS released Form 941, which employers will need in seeking to claim a payroll tax break under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act signed by President Obama on March 18. Employers also need the form W-11 released last month.

Employers may qualify for an exemption from the 6.2% employer's...

Rising healthcare costs among CFOs' concerns

May 21, 2010

Rising healthcare costs ranked as one of the biggest concerns of CFOs, according to a survey of CFOs by Robert Half Management Resources, a division of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI).

In the survey, 47% of CFOs cited rising healthcare costs as one of their three biggest concerns. Controlling...

Staffing firm owners deny charges

May 21, 2010

An attorney for the owners of a Louisiana-based healthcare staffing firm said his clients deny all criminal charges against them, and said the matter may be related to pending civil court cases.

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced that Brett McElwee and Daniel Fuselier, owners of...

Mass layoffs down 30% in April

May 21, 2010

There were 1,856 mass layoffs in April, down 30.3% from the 2,663 in April 2009, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Initial claims for unemployment insurance associated with mass layoffs in April totaled 200,870, down 23.7% from the 263,162...

U.S. initial jobless claims rise by 25,000

May 20, 2010

The number of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended May 15 rose by 25,000, or 5.6%, to 471,000 from the previous week's revised number, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

Reuters reported that markets had expected jobless claims would fall to 440,000.

Last week's...

Canadian Employment Insurance numbers fall

May 20, 2010

The number of people receiving Canadian Employment Insurance jobless benefits fell by 24,150, or 3.5%, in March on a month-over-month basis to 668,060 -- the sixth month in a row of decline, Statistics Canada reported today. The number is down 2.8% from a year ago.

In Ontario, the number of people receiving...

Survey: Skilled trades most in-demand job

May 20, 2010

Skilled trades jobs remain the most in demand in 2010 across the globe as they had in 2009, according to Manpower Inc.'s (NYSE: MAN) 2010 talent shortage survey released today.

The survey of 35,000 employers across 36 countries also found that 31% said they were having difficulty filling key positions...

Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

May 20, 2010

A recording of the Staffing Industry Report webinar that includes an analysis of temporary employment trends and the industry forecast for 2010 through 2011 is now available to corporate members.
WEBINAR - Staffing Industry Report - May 2010
*Watch the full webinar on demand 
*Analysis of temp...