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EmployBridge Acquires Allines Staffing Professionals

PRNewswire (07/03/12)

EmployBridge has acquired the assets of Baltimore, MD-based Allines Staffing Professionals. EmployBridge operates primarily under the ResourceMFG, ProLogistix, and ProDrivers brands, providing skilled light industrial personnel to three specific industry verticals: specialty manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, and transportation.

Jobless Claims Post Biggest Fall Since April

Reuters (07/05/12)

The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits declined by 14,000 last week to 374,000, the lowest level in six weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 388,000 from an originally reported 386,000. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims falling to 385,000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims fell 1,500 to 385,750.

ADP Says U.S. Companies Added 176,000 Workers in June

Bloomberg (07/05/12) Lorraine Woellert

Companies in the U.S. added 176,000 workers in June, according to figures released today by ADP Employer Services. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a 100,000 advance. The unexpectedly high number may ease concern the labor market is deteriorating. The increase followed a revised 136,000 gain the prior month.

Employment in the private, service-providing sector increased by 160,000 in June, after rising a revised 137,000 in May. Employment in the private, goods-producing sector added 16,000 jobs in June. Manufacturing employment added 4,000, reversing May’s decline.

Jobs Growth Seen Picking Up in June

Reuters (07/03/12) Jason Lange

According to a Reuters survey of economists, employers in June added a projected 90,000 new employees to their payrolls, but that increase in hiring is not sufficient to dispel concerns that the economy is decelerating. Hiring is potentially being affected by the European debt crisis, which is dampening exports and spooking the financial markets. Companies may also be reluctant to hire because of uncertainty over the U.S. government’s plans to reign in spending next year. Meanwhile, AllianceBernstein economists say data for the last six months provides little evidence that construction or other weather-sensitive industries were boosted by good weather.

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