The NYSA News
Nov. 26, 2013

Temp jobs up 57 percent versus 4 percent for all others since Aug. 2009
A boost in temporary employment typically presages strong full-time hiring, but four years after the Great Recession's end, temp jobs keep growing briskly as skittish businesses avoid permanent hires in a sluggish, uncertain economic environment. Since bottoming in Aug. 2009, at 1.75 million, the number of workers provided by staffing agencies has been on a steady upward trend to 2.74 million workers last month, a 57 percent gain, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. All other non-farm payroll jobs are up just 4 percent over that span. Temp jobs as an overall percentage of payrolls is now 2 percent, near an all-time high. More

October unemployment rates fall in 28 states
Unemployment rates fell in 28 states in October while non-farm payroll employment increased in 34 states, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Nov. 22. Illustrating the generally better trend, the states that have long held the highest and lowest jobless rates in the country each saw improvement last month. More

Bond International Software releases white paper on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on staffing and recruiting
Bond News and Press
Bond International Software, the global staffing, recruitment, HR and Payroll specialists, announced the release of a white paper based on more than 300 survey responses from staffing and recruiting professionals about their perceptions of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on their businesses. The survey and white paper identified widespread uncertainty regarding ACA’s impact, along with the potential costs and opportunities associated with it. More

Labor market firming, but inflation still benign
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell sharply last week and a gauge of factory activity hit an eight-month high in early November, hinting at some strength in the economy. Other data on Nov. 21, showed wholesale prices fell for a second straight month in October, the latest sign of a lack of inflation pressure which helps give the Federal Reserve leeway as it considers when to scale back its bond-buying stimulus. More

Temporary employment linked to childbirth later in life
Medical News Today
Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia say their findings show that women generally aspire to economic security before starting a family, which challenges the general belief that women choose to have a child later in life to focus on their careers. Dr. Lynne Giles, of the University of Adelaide and co-author of the study, explained the reasons behind conducting this study to Medical News Today. More

China's one-child shift will first drain workforce
The Wall Street Journal
China's easing of its notorious one-child policy may help toy makers and tutors. But it won't boost China's overall economy for the next 15 years, economists say — and in some ways will deepen economic problems as care for the additional babies will remove more people from the workforce. That complication comes at a time when China faces a steep, irreversible shift in demographics: Its working-age population is set to start declining rapidly as a share of the population after a peak in 2015, according to United Nations estimates. More

Today's job ladder has different look, author says
The lowest rung of the typical job ladder is gone, author Jim Huntington recently told a group assembled at Port Jervis Free Library for his presentation on future job trends. Huntington said his father-in-law, born in 1922, began working at a pharmacy sweeping floors. But in this day and age, he said, entry level is in a cubicle, with more education requirements — often a bachelor's degree, or even a master's degree. But such requirements may be "artificial," Huntington said, because many skills are learned on the job.More

Infographic: Foundations and social networking
NonProfit Quarterly
The Foundation Center recently studied over 1,000 foundations and their social media use, and discovered that despite the overwhelming call to utilize social networking, only 45 percent of foundations are actively using social media. The survey also found that corporate and community foundations tend to be more active in social media, while only 34 percent of independent and family foundations are using social media as a communications tool.More

Job prospects for recent grads improving, MSU survey shows
Detroit Free Press
Recent college graduates are seeing better job prospects as they enter the labor market, although it’s less encouraging for those who hold MBAs and other advanced degrees, according to an annual national survey of employers conducted by Michigan State University. This year’s Recruiting Trends report, released on Nov. 20, shows an almost 10 percent increase in the number of employers planning to hire college graduates with a bachelor’s degree. It also found a 2 percent increase in hiring plans for all areas, said Phil Gardner, the director of MSU’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute.More

Despite gains, closing wage gap could take decades
New Hampshire News
New Hampshire women had plenty to celebrate a year ago, when voters elected a woman to the corner office in Concord and sent the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation to Washington. But while the state’s political leadership basked in the media attention, most New Hampshire women continued to struggle with unequal treatment on the job. More