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June 26, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

Robert Half has released two new forecasts for future hiring growth, and these reports indicate IT and law firms will both be hiring in the second half of 2014.For industry insiders, it should be no surprise that the IT field continues to expand. From July through December, fully 76 percent of CIOs who responded to Robert…

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June 20, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

According to a new survey, 12 percent of ad and marketing executives plan to hire in the second half of 2014, Staffing Industry Analysts reported. The survey was done by The Creative Group, a member of Robert Half International, an employment agency. Companies seeking to expand like this could greatly benefit from temporary workers, since…

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June 19, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

The U.S. Department of Labor reported unemployment has fallen once again. This time, jobless claims declined by 6,000 to reach 312,000 for the week ending June 14. This is great news for those in the staffing industry because many of those new jobs might be with staffing companies. Jobless claims, according to MarketWatch, are an…

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June 5, 2014 Read time: 2 minutes

Labor market conditions are good, according to the Federal Reserve's latest Beige Book report released June 4. Hiring is picking up at a "moderate" pace in many of the major U.S. cities. Consumer spending has also increased. Consumer spending is often the sign of a strong economy. Activity in what the Federal Reserve calls "the…

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June 3, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

The Institute for Supply Management has released its monthly report on business growth. The current Purchasing Managers Index has risen to 55.4, which indicates expansion is happening in the manufacturing industry at a faster pace than it was in April, when the reading was 54.9 percent. The number was recently corrected after a software error,…

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May 22, 2014 Read time: 2 minutes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has joined forces with the American Staffing Association, the ASA reports. The goal is protect the interests of temporary workers through sharing information, providing mutual guidance and creating training resources."Through this alliance with ASA, we will increase outreach to staffing firms and host employers and provide information and education that…

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May 15, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

About 28 percent of businesses surveyed in a recent poll plan to add workers to their company because of the Affordable Care Act, compared with 15 percent who plan on reducing their labor force. The survey was performed by Harris Poll, which asked 303 employers what their plans for hiring were between March 26 and April…

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May 8, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

The number of IT jobs in the U.S. rose by 0.28 percent since March, according to TechServe Alliance, a trade organization of the IT and Engineering Staffing industry. Year over year, employment in this sector has grown by 2.61 percent.This is further evidence IT is at a boom time for temporary workers, and likely things will continue…

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May 1, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

The Conference Board (TCB), a non-profit business research group, predicts the market will soon begin to shift from buyers to sellers. According to their research, unemployment will reach 5.5 percent by late 2015. This trend will then continue, and unemployment could possibly go below 3.8 percent, which would be the lowest the number has been since…

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April 24, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

Jobless claims have risen by 24,000 to 329,000 according to the latest Department of Labor report.MarketWatch reports claims will often increase around the Easter Holiday because the holiday moves around and this can cause problems with making seasonal adjustments."This marks the fifth year in a row in which the reading for the week including Good…

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