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Pasona revenue slips 2%, profit falls 60%

September 30, 2008

Tokyo-based staffing firm Pasona Group Inc. said revenue fell 2.2% to 59.14 billion yen (US$543.7 million) in its fiscal first quarter ended Aug. 31 compared with the same period in the previous year. Net income fell to 313.0 million yen (US$2.9 million), down 60.6%. Pasona said a downturn in the...


Westaff sells Australia, New Zealand operations

September 30, 2008

Westaff Inc. (NASD: WSTF) announced a deal today to sell its Australian and New Zealand operations. The buyer is Humanis Blue Pty. Ltd., a division of Melbourne, Australia-based Humanis Group Ltd. Plans call for Humanis to pay approximately $13 million in cash at closing plus $2.5 million in one...


California area posts highest jobless rate

September 30, 2008

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California posted the highest unemployment rate in August, 9.2%, among metropolitan areas with a population of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The Detroit area, which had posted the highest jobless rate a...


Consumer confidence edges up

September 30, 2008

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index edged up in September. It now stands at 59.8 (1985=100), compared with 58.5 in August. "September's increase in the Consumer Confidence Index was due solely to an improvement in the short-term outlook," said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Bo...


Awards

September 29, 2008

Adecco Group North America and Express Employment Professionals were named to the AARP's 2008 list of best employers for workers over 50. Adecco ranked No. 18 and Express ranked No. 40. PeopleScout, a provider of recruitment process outsourcing, announced it was named the No. 1 RPO provider on "T...


Study finds key opportunities for staffing firms

September 29, 2008

Improving brand awareness, communication and the experiences of both job seekers and staffing buyers represent three key opportunities for staffing firms, according to a study by CareerBuilder.com and the Inavero Institute for Service Research. The study included almost 9,000 candidates and more...


People - Westaff, Pinnacle Technical

September 29, 2008

Westaff Inc. (NASD: WSTF) named Sean Wong as VP and controller. Wong most recently served at Tiburon Inc., a public safety software company. Nina Vaca, founder and CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc., a Dallas-based staffing firm, was named to the board of directors of Comerica Inc., a Dalla...


Healthcare staffing firm to buy hospitals

September 29, 2008

Jackson Healthcare, an Alpharetta GA-based healthcare staffing firm, began a new division aimed at acquiring and operating hospitals. The division is called Jackson Hospital Affiliates. "We feel we have the resources and management expertise 'to make a difference' in the quality and delivery of h...


Manpower names new RPO leader

September 26, 2008

Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) named Kate Donovan as U.S. managing director of Manpower Business Solutions, which provides recruitment process outsourcing. Donovan formerly served at Veritude. Sheldon Schur, who previously led Manpower Business Solutions, will remain with the company as VP/general man...


Second-quarter GDP grows by 2.8%

September 26, 2008

Second-quarter growth in U.S. real gross domestic product was 2.8%, according to a final estimate released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The growth was less than an earlier estimate of 3.3%. Real GDP had grown at only 0.9% in the first quarter.