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Michigan adds jobs, unemployment still highest

November 20, 2009

Michigan posted the highest unemployment rate among all states in October at 15.1% despite adding 38,600 jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment in Michigan rose by 1.0% in October from September -- the largest increase among all states. Nevada reported the second-h...


Florida unemployment taxes to jump

November 20, 2009

Florida is joining other states in hiking unemployment tax rates in 2010. The minimum rate will jump to $100.30 per employee from the current rate of $8.40, the Florida Department of Revenue announced this week. Business groups are raising concern. Under the increase, Florida would raise wages o...


U.S. mass layoffs fall 3.5%

November 20, 2009

The number of mass layoffs in October fell 3.5% compared with the same month last year on a seasonally adjusted basis, and related jobless claims fell 5.7%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In October, there were 2,127 mass layoff actions compared with 2,204 in October 2008. T...


Feds announce 1,000 workplace audits

November 20, 2009

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday it notified 1,000 employers across the country that it will audit their hiring records to check for illegal workers. The names of the companies were not released. ICE said the firms were chosen because of investigative leads and because of t...


Florida unemployment taxes to jump

November 20, 2009

Florida is joining other states in hiking unemployment tax rates in 2010. The minimum rate will jump to $100.30 per employee from the current rate of $8.40, the Florida Department of Revenue announced this week. Business groups are raising concern. Under the increase, Florida would raise wages o...


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

November 20, 2009

Here is a list of the latest research from Staffing Industry Analysts: INSIGHT - Legal staffing growth update *Continued declines in legal services employment, but encouraging signs in temp piece *Some firms noting larger share of short-term assignments *Update to 2009 and 2010 forecast to be r...


U.S. mass layoffs fall 3.5%

November 20, 2009

The number of mass layoffs in October fell 3.5% compared with the same month last year on a seasonally adjusted basis, and related jobless claims fell 5.7%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In October, there were 2,127 mass layoff actions compared with 2,204 in October 2008. T...


Survey: 60% of workers to seek new jobs

November 19, 2009

Employee turnover will rise next year, according to a new survey of U.S. workers released by Right Management, the outplacement and consulting division of Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN). Workers were asked: "Do you plan to pursue new jobs opportunities as the economy improves in 2010?" In response, 6...


U.S. leading economic index rises in October

November 19, 2009

The Conference Board's U.S. leading economic index released today rose 0.3% in October following a 1.0% gain in September. It now stands at 103.8 (2004=100). "The data indicates that economic recovery is finally setting in," said Ken Goldstein, economist at The Conference Board. "We can expect s...


Survey: 60% of workers to seek new jobs

November 19, 2009

Employee turnover will rise next year, according to a new survey of U.S. workers released by Right Management, the outplacement and consulting division of Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN). Workers were asked: "Do you plan to pursue new jobs opportunities as the economy improves in 2010?" In response, 6...