ASA Staffing Index Sets Another Record
The ASA Staffing Index for the week of May 11–17 was 97.03—the 19th consecutive record high week of the year. Temporary and contract staffing employment increased 0.32% from the prior week, and was 0.24% higher than the same week last year.
This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the May monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics June 5.
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Houston-based staffing firm Murray Resources has acquired the assets of Kingwood Personnel, a North Houston staffing firm specializing in administrative, accounting, and logistics staffing. Murray Resources will continue to operate the Kingwood office in the current location, under the Kingwood Personnel brand.
Texas factory activity declined again in May, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index fell to -13.5, its lowest reading in six years. The new orders index held steady at -14.1, and the growth rate of orders index held steady at -15.2, marking the fifth and seventh negative reading in a row for these indexes.
Labor market indicators reflected employment declines and shorter workweeks. The May employment index declined 10 points to -8.2, after rebounding slightly above zero last month. Twelve percent of firms reported net hiring, compared with 21% reporting net layoffs. The hours worked index fell from -5 to -11.6.
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond noted in its most recent survey that manufacturing activity flattened in May. The composite index for manufacturing moved to 1 following April’s reading of -3, while the shipments index leveled off to -1 from -6. In addition, the index for new orders gained eight points, reaching a nearly flat reading of 2. Manufacturing hiring continued to grow at a modest pace this month.
Amazon is hiring more than 6,000 full-time employees to meet rising demand across its U.S. fulfillment network. The company is hiring in Baltimore; Breinigsville, PA; Carlisle, PA; Chattanooga, TN; Chester, VA; Haslet, TX; Hazleton, PA; Hebron, KY; Jeffersonville, IN; Kenosha, WI; Lexington, KY; Middletown, DE; Murfreesboro, TN; Petersburg, VA; Plainfield, IN; Robbinsville, NJ; West Columbia, SC; Whitestown, IN; and Windsor, CT.
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