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CrowdFlower gets $12.5 million in funding; firm also tries again to settle IC suit

September 19, 2014

CrowdFlower, a crowd-sourcing platform provider in the online staffing space, received $12.5 million in new funding. Separately, a proposed settlement has been filed in a class action lawsuit where workers sued CrowdFlower claiming they were employees owed minimum wage instead of independent cont...


Xtreme acquires Phoenix-based staffing firm

September 19, 2014

Xtreme Consulting Group Inc., a Kirkland, Wash.-based provider of business consulting, information technology consulting and staffing services, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Synergy Seven, a staffing firm located in Phoenix.The transaction closes Sept 26; terms were not disclosed.Syner...


Georgia posts highest state jobless rate

September 19, 2014

Georgia posted the highest unemployment rate among all states in August at 8.1 percent, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mississippi and Rhode Island followed at 7.9 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively.North Dakota again posted the lowest unemployment rat...


US leading index decelerates in August

September 19, 2014

The U.S. leading economic index rose in August for the seventh consecutive month, The Conference Board reported today. The index edged up 0.2 percent in August to a reading of 103.8 (2004 = 100), following a 1.1 percent increase in July and a 0.7 percent increase in June.“The leading indicators p...


People: Heidrick, CTPartners, Lucas, Consilium, Boyden

September 19, 2014

Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. (NASD: HSII) appointed Robert Kaplan to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Kaplan is the senior associate dean and Martin Marshall professor of management practice in business administration at Harvard Business School....


Web: Does Silicon Valley have a contract-worker problem?

September 19, 2014

Uber, TaskRabbit and other start-ups rely on 1099 independent contractors — the tech companies take the role of middlemen connecting buyers and workers, according to a New York Magazine article. But could this model lead to trouble? To read the article, click here.


IT staffing research analyst sought

September 19, 2014

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IT, engineering jobs post smallest gain of year in August

September 18, 2014

IT and engineering employment posted the smallest monthly gain of the year in August, the TechServe Alliance reported. The number of U.S. information technology jobs rose by 0.2 percent month over month in August to a total of more than 4.69 million, the TechServe Alliance reported. The numb...


New York County posts highest wage in Q1

September 18, 2014

New York County, which includes Manhattan, posted the highest average weekly wage among all large U.S. county areas in the first quarter of 2014, while Chester County in Pennsylvania posted the largest year-over-year increase, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.New York County pos...


US jobless claims average falls; total claims near 14-year low

September 18, 2014

The U.S. four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance last week fell by 4,750 to a total of 299,500 from the previous week’s upwardly revised figure of 304,250, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.The four-week moving av...