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May 4, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Growth in the temporary employment sector typically means that employers believe the pace of business is improving but they're not confident enough to hire permanent worker yet, according to The Press Enterprise. This sentiment is visible across the country, as the monthly index for the American Staffing Association - a Virginia-based group that represents most…

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May 3, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The Georgia Department of Labor reports that Atlanta's unemployment rate is dropping, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The city added 8,600 new jobs in March, and saw its jobless rate fall from 10.2 percent to 9.8 percent since February, the news source adds. In addition, hiring at temporary employment agencies - usually a harbinger…

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May 2, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The Labor Department reports that temporary-help services employment increased to about 2.3 million in March, up from its lowest point of about 1.7 million in mid-2009, according to MarketWatch. Neil Alexander of the law firm Littler Mendelson tells the news source that many of his company's clients have laid off thousands of employees, and are…

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April 29, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to financial job site FINS, temporary staffing usually crops up during the early part of an economic recovery. However, during this most recent restoration, more jobs are opening up at senior levels. "The companies we work with don't want to hire people full-time, even in C-level positions," Don Murray, chief executive officer of recruiting…

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April 29, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

InformationWeek's second annual State of Information Technology Outsourcing Survey reported that respondents are three times more likely to have the ability to add a contractor than they are to bring on staff. The survey found that 72 percent of respondents said they use temp or contract workers, with 45 percent saying it's a new approach…

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April 28, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce will tentatively introduce a newly created Professional Employer Organization to act as its employer of record, notes Northern Nevada Business Weekly. The news source adds that a series of meetings last week between the NNCC and its potential PEO, Applied Chamber Solutions, discussed the proposal. Jim Annis, president and…

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April 27, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The technology industry is experiencing a renaissance in hiring trends in the U.S., thanks to the recovering economy and the impending boom of technological advances like cloud computing and mobile payments, notes USA Today. "Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists foresee growth in wireless apps, online gaming and clean tech," Shane Greenstein, management professor at Northwestern's Kellogg…

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April 26, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The Financial Times reports that human resource (HR) information systems are moving rapidly toward web-based applications such as employee self service (ESS) and online recruiting. "Human resource management is evolving into a more technology-based profession," John Sweeney, employee at the Society for Human Resources Management, explains to the news source. "For example, in many organizations,…

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April 25, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Across the country, a growing number of employers are helping to stimulate the economy by hiring through temp agencies, according to Wenatchee World. "When that industry starts to pick up, it indicates employers are starting to hire again," Don Meseck, labor economist, told the news source. "The trend for the last few years has been…

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April 22, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to Citybizlist, new technologies and the advent of social media have transformed the staffing industry into something entirely different than what is was 20 years ago. John Eckenrode, CEO of IT consulting and staffing agency CPSI, answered questions about the current state of the staffing industry, and noted two important factors that have changed…

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