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Aug. 5, 2014

US chalks up more temp job gains in July
Staffing Industry Analysts
The U.S. added 8,500 temporary help services jobs in July, and the penetration — temporary jobs as a percent of total employment — rose to set another record at 2.07 percent, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-over-year growth in temporary jobs decelerated to 8.13 percent in July, a trend since March.More

Trying before buying
Human Resource Executive Online
Even as the number of temporary workers in the United States reaches near-record levels, experts say companies appear to be adding more rigor to the selection process for both temp and temp-to-hire positions.More

3 reasons why online direct recruitment will soon be all there is
The Staffing Stream
If the last 10 years have taught us anything, it's that well-established bricks and mortar businesses are destined to lose the battle with online services that allow customers more direct access to the goods and services they want to buy. In the recruitment business, we all know direct sourcing is coming. Its rise is inevitable in a world where just about everyone's career profile is available on Linkedin. So why does most recruitment industry comments imply that the future involves more recruitment agents, more managed service providers and more vendor management systems?More

The pros and cons of texting for talent
Many HR departments are at a crossroads with their recruiting effort, wondering how to improve staffing and wondering which technologies they should implement into their process. Using texting as a means of candidate communication is an option being explored by a growing number of firms. But for every supporter there is a critic — and for good reason.More

Staffing software: To host, or not to host?
Staffing Talk
When considering the path of either hosting your own staffing software infrastructure or using the service of a hosting vendor, the crux of the discussion revolves around the cost and the return of the expenditure. This type of expenditure is typically quantified through the expressions of total cost of ownership and return on investment.More

Survey finds 1 in 5 companies has replaced workers with technology
Is automation a job killer or creator? Both, according to new research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. In a nationwide survey, one in five companies (21 percent) reported they have deskilled workers, i.e., replaced employees with automation. Among companies with more than 500 employees, the number is 30 percent. While eliminating jobs, the vast majority (68 percent) of companies who have replaced workers with automation said their adoption of new technology resulted in new positions being added in their firms. Thirty-five percent of companies that deskilled workers said they ended up creating more jobs in their firms than they had prior to the automation.More

Survey: 1 in 4 employers say recent grads unprepared for entry-level work
Did you know that almost 1 in 4 employers say recent college graduates are unprepared for entry-level positions? Or that 37 percent of employers find it difficult or very difficult to find qualified candidates? Although 44 percent of students report feeling well prepared or very prepared for landing entry-level positions, just 18 percent of employers agree with them.More

Health reform still a concern, but new fears top employers' lists
HR Morning
It’s been four years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, and firms have become increasingly more comfortable with the administrative burdens the law piled on. But there are other concerns keeping HR pros and the executive suite up at night.More

Economy gains 209,000 jobs; jobless rate, 6.2 percent
USA Today
The unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, as 329,000 Americans, including many who had given up their job searches, surged back into the labor force. Economists had estimated that 238,000 jobs were created last month, according to the median forecast from Action Economics survey. Although July's gains fell short of estimates and average monthly job growth of nearly 230,000 so far this year, it marked the sixth straight month of 200,000-plus employment increases — the longest such stretch since 1997. Businesses added 198,000 jobs, led by professional and business services, manufacturing, retail and construction. Federal, state and local governments added 11,000.More