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July 11, 2014

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Source One Healthcare Professionals Merges With Metz&Baum Healthcare Professionals
Source One Healthcare Professionals Inc. News Release (07/01/14)

Germantown, TN-based health care staffing firm Source One Healthcare Professionals Inc., which does business as O.R. Nurses and TexMed Staffing, has announced a merger with Dallas and Ft. Worth-based health care staffing firm Metz&Baum Healthcare Professionals.
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Jobless Claims Near Lowest Level Ever—Compared With Size of Workforce
MarketWatch (07/10/14) Jeffry Bartash

The number of unemployed individuals collecting jobless benefits on a weekly basis is nearing an all-time low when adjusted for the size of the U.S. working population. The U.S. Department of Labor’s June survey of households indicates that an average of 311,500 people filed new applications for benefits each week during the past month, amounting to 0.21% of the 146.2 million people working.

The percentage of new jobless claims compared with household employment was lower only in 2000 and 2006-07. The figures indicate that more people are securing employment and fewer people are being laid off, but experts note that until the pool of long-term unemployed decreases from its current level of 3.1 million, the low level of claims will continue to be misleading.

TaskRabbit Adds Insurance to Make Trusting Strangers Easier
Bloomberg Businessweek (07/10/14) Joshua Brustein

TaskRabbit has begun offering $1 million in insurance for property damage or bodily injury for both users who post tasks and those who perform them as well as insuring losses due to theft up to $10,000. Premiums and deductibles will be paid for by TaskRabbit. The company wants users to feel safe, and the addition of insurance is part of a broader overhaul of the site. Among the changes, TaskRabbit will now use matching algorithms instead of its previous auction format.

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Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week of June 30.
County Clare Consultants Inc.
Elmhurst, NY

Charlotte, NC

Drill Baby Drill Staffing Agency
Hollidaysburg, PA

Ethos Venture
Pacifica, CA

The Griffin Groupe
Plymouth, MA

North American Staffing & Recruiting
Parker, CO

One Force Staffing Inc.
Austin, TX

Workforce Walker Personnel LLC
Montgomery, AL

Is your firm interested in joining ASA? Contact the membership department at 703-253-2020 or
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