March 8, 2011

How temporary staffing industry affects economy
Smart Business Network
After losing 1.14 million jobs — 37 percent of its workforce — between 2007 and 2009, the U.S. temporary staffing industry began to grow again. This turning point, which some might think to be specific to the staffing industry, may be indicative of a greater turnaround in the economy as a whole, if history is to be believed.More

Obama tells governors US must build skilled workforce
Bloomberg Businessweek
President Barack Obama told the nation's governors that the budget debate in Washington will be critical to the nation's economic future because the U.S. must keep building a skilled workforce and a strong infrastructure.More

Good news in jobs report as unemployment rate dips under 9 percent
ABC News
According to the latest government data, the nation added some 192,000 new jobs to the workforce during February, the best result since May 2010 when Census hiring was in full swing. The nice thing about these results is that increased hiring seems to be coming from almost all sectors of the economy.More

Hiring temps on the rise
Ithica Journal
There once was a time when temporary workers were viewed as an itinerant group that either couldn't or wouldn't hold on to any one job for an extended length of time. But as the economy rebounds from the recession and employers gain more confidence in the strength of the rebound, that image is rapidly changing.More

Mixed signals for the job market
CNN Money
Payroll processing firm ADP reported a larger than expected increase in private sector employment, but a separate report showed planned layoffs rose sharply in February. ADP said private employers added 217,000 jobs in February, compared with an upwardly revised increase of 189,000 jobs in January. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had expected a gain of 165,000 jobs in the month.More

Labor laws in states cost more than 700,000 jobs
State labor and employment laws are costing the U.S. more than 700,000 jobs, thwarting development of new businesses and undercutting the economic recovery, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said. Paring back regulations that exceed federal standards would help spur 50,000 new businesses each year, according to a recent report by the Chamber.More

Spurred by private hiring, job growth gathers steam
The New York Times
The waiting game still is not over, but it may be soon. The nation's employers added 192,000 jobs in February, up from a gain of 63,000 the previous month, the Labor Department reported recently. More

US staffing shares fall as temp job growth slows
Shares of U.S. staffing and job services firms were mostly lower after the February jobs report fell short of the most optimistic expectations even as it raised hopes a U.S. economic recovery was gaining momentum. Staffing shares had rallied ahead of the labor data but retreated as the government recent report showed the pace of growth in temporary employment slowed last month. More

Collaboration opportunities, challenges for the mobile workforce
CMS Wire
With the explosion of newly available mobile computing options, many companies now support their employees' smart phones and tablet computers. With employees increasingly "always on," new opportunities abound for better and more efficient collaboration. But this requires a shift in how people work together, and the ways we support people on the go.More