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U.S. Economy Grew 3% in Final Quarter of 2011

Associated Press (03/29/12) Martin Crutsinger; Christopher Rugaber

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3% in the final quarter of 2011, the best pace in a year and a half, as the U.S. Commerce Department reported no change on March 29 in its previous growth estimate for the October-December quarter. Slower growth in exports than previously estimated was offset by stronger business investment. Economists expect growth has probably slowed to 2% or less in the current January-March quarter.

Small Business Compensation, Hours Jump in March

Reuters (03/29/12)

Small businesses increased hours and compensation for employees in March by the most in more than two years, according to a new survey from Intuit. The average monthly salary for small business employees rose 0.7%, or $18 per worker, according to Intuit, the largest percentage gain since December 2009. That is equivalent to an annual salary of $33,400.

Average monthly hours worked by small business employees increased by 0.5%, or 36 minutes, making for a 25.8-hour workweek. The percentage change was also the largest since December 2009. Intuit notes the gains came even as hiring by small businesses took a step back, with employers adding 65,000 workers to their payrolls in March. However, February’s small business payrolls increase was revised up to 75,000 jobs from the previously reported 55,000.

Resources Connection Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results for Fiscal 2012

Resources Global Professionals News Release (03/28/12)

Resources Connection Inc.—through its operating subsidiary, Resources Global Professionals—has announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended Feb. 25, 2012. Total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $143.3 million, up 4.1% from last year’s third quarter revenue of $137.6 million and down 1.2% on a sequential quarter basis. Revenues in the U.S. were up 4.8% quarter-over-quarter and 1.7% sequentially.

The company’s net income for the third quarter ended Feb. 25, 2012, was $4.3 million, or $0.10 per diluted share. This compares with a net income for the third quarter ended Feb. 26, 2011, of $753,000, or $0.02 per diluted share.

ASAPro Webinar Next Week—The Conscious and Powerful Interview

Tuesday, April 3, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time, attend the ASAPro Webinar “The Art and Process of the Conscious and Powerful Interview,” presented by Margaret Graziano, CPC, CTS, of Keen Talent Management. She’ll give you tips for attracting and identifying top performers. This Webinar is sponsored by People 2.0.

All Webinars are free for ASA members ($295 for nonmembers) and qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. Register online at

Earn Recognition From ASA

Submitting an entry to an ASA award program provides an excellent way for members to be recognized by the industry for their outstanding initiatives. Start preparing your entries now for the National Staffing Employee of the Year, ASA Care Award, and Staffing VOICE Award programs. The deadline for all ASA award entries is Aug. 1.

The National Staffing Employee of the Year is an honoree whose story best captures the staffing industry’s key messages—jobs, flexibility, bridge, choice, and training. Give your stellar temporary or contract employee the chance to be the 2013 National Staffing Employee of the Year by nominating him or her for the prestigious distinction.

You can learn about the 2012 honoree, Chris Hoover, by reading the January–February issue of Staffing Success. National Staffing Employee of the Year is sponsored by First Staff Benefits, an ASA corporate partner.

Share your company’s outstanding corporate social responsibility initiatives by submitting an entry for this year’s ASA Care Award. The Care Awards recognize CSR best practices among ASA member companies and affiliated chapters. A panel of corporate social responsibility experts will review entries and select the winners.

The 2012 Staffing VOICE Award competition, sponsored by ASA corporate partner CareerBuilder, recognizes standout communications efforts in 16 categories that demonstrate vision, originality, innovation, creativity, and effectiveness (VOICE). Visit to download an entry form and to learn more about last year’s winners.

California Employers May Face Increased Criminal Investigations

Lexology (03/26/12) Asa W. Markel

To enhance efforts to stop wage theft, a new criminal investigation unit has been established by the California Department of Industrial Relations, tasked with investigating possible violations of the state’s labor code. State law makes it illegal for employers to withhold wages or neglect requirements for semi-monthly paychecks, and civil and criminal penalties for wage and hour law violations have been increased under the recently enacted Wage Theft Prevention Act and Employee Misclassification Act. Although no groundbreaking criminal investigations or prosecutions have been announced yet, experts say employers should understand that enforcement of wage and hour laws is a major focus of governmental and legislative policy.

West Virginia Employers Must Report Income of Independent Contractors

CCH Payroll (03/30/12)

As of June 5, companies doing business in West Virginia must report to the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement the contracting for services with an independent contractor when payment for services is $2,500 or more. New hire reporting mandates require companies to inform the bureau about anyone who lives or works in the state to whom the company expects to pay earnings, as well as the rehiring or return to work of any employee or independent contractor who lives in the state. Companies must submit a report within 14 days of the date of hire, rehire, or return to work.

Social Capital: The Creative Group Survey: Many Companies Plan to Spend More on Social Media This Year

Robert Half International News Release (03/29/12)

Advertising and marketing executives expect their firms to spend more money on social media this year, according to a recent survey by The Creative Group, a staffing company for interactive, design, marketing, advertising, and public relations professionals. The survey reveals that 53% of respondents expect more marketing dollars to be devoted to Facebook, with 43% anticipating increased spending on Twitter, 41% on Google+, 38% on LinkedIn, and 36% on YouTube. “Although companies plan to spend more on social media, finding the talent needed to oversee these programs can pose a challenge,” says Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group. “Bringing in freelancers who have worked on successful social media initiatives can be helpful, since these professionals can not only develop and implement strategies but also impart their expertise to core team members during the process.”

New Social Media Study: Significant Increase in Use of Social Media for Job Searching, Networking by Health Care Professionals

AMN Healthcare Services News Release (03/29/12)

AMN Healthcare’s latest “Use of Social Media and Mobile by Healthcare Professionals” survey reveals that more physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and pharmacists are using social media to look for job opportunities, network with colleagues, and apply for new positions. The percentage of health care professionals using social media for job searches climbed to about 33% in 2011 from 20% in 2010, and of those using mobile job alerts, 10% secured an interview, 14% were offered a job, and 8% obtained employment. In 2010, only 1% secured a job through social media. Additionally, 75% of health care professionals prefer Facebook over other social media sites when searching for jobs. The survey indicates that employers have the opportunity to use social media to recruit health care professionals.

Oklahoma City Leads Large Cities in Job Creation

Gallup News Service (03/29/12) Lymari Morales; Joe Daly

Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, and Richmond, VA, topped Gallup’s Job Creation Index among the 50 biggest U.S. metro areas in 2011. More than 33% of employees in each of the top-performing metro areas said their company was hiring or expanding its work force. Oklahoma City topped the list because of the low percentage of employees (12%) who said their company was letting people go or downsizing its work force. The Nashville, TN, and Orlando, FL, areas rounded out the top five metro areas with the highest job creation scores. The largest metro areas in the country—New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—ranked nearer the bottom of the list than the top. However, every one of the top 50 metro areas has a positive score.

Employers Expect to Hire More New College Graduates

Chicago Sun-Times (03/30/12) David Roeder

Employers across the country intend to hire 10.2% more new college graduates this year than they did last year, according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The 160 employers that participated in the survey said engineering, business, accounting, and computer science majors would comprise most of the hires. The average survey participant reported 116 job openings, compared with 105 last year. Employers in the Western and Southeastern U.S. have the most robust hiring plans, at 33% and 18%, respectively.

Easy and Difficult Markets to Recruit Truck Drivers

Wanted Analytics (03/29/12) Abby Lombardi

Wanted Analytics says more than 42,000 job ads for truck drivers were posted online during the past 30 days, up 42% from the same period in 2011. Year-over-year increases in hiring demand were greatest in Chicago, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, with job ads for truck drivers up 95% in Los Angeles alone. Five locations where truck driving positions will be easiest to fill are Salisbury, MD, Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL, Michigan City-La Porte, IN, Miami, FL, and Bangor, ME. Positions will be harder to fill and ads will remain online longer in Lawrence, KS, Muncie, IN, Owensboro, KY, Corvalis, OR, and Pueblo, CO.