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BLS Says Job Openings Little Changed in May

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (07/10/12)

There were 3.6 million job openings on the last business day of May, little changed from 3.4 million in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 10. The 3.3% hires rate and 3.3% separations rate were essentially unchanged in May. Job openings increased for manufacturing and state and local government. The hires rate declined over the year in construction but rose in transportation, warehousing, and utilities, and in federal government.

June Small-Business Optimism Lowest Since October 2011

NFIB News Release (07/10/12)

In a disappointing reversal of several months of slow but positive growth, the National Federation of Independent Business Index of Small Business Optimism dove three points in June, falling to 91.4. The decline is significant, and relinquished the gains achieved earlier this year. Only one of the 10 index components improved; labor market indicators and spending plans for capital equipment and inventories accounted for about 40% of the decline.

Posting the first negative reading since December, the net change in employment per firm over the past few months (seasonally adjusted) was -0.11. Seasonally adjusted, 9% of the owners surveyed added an average of 2.6 workers per firm over the past few months, and 12% reduced employment by an average of 2.8 workers. Forty-four percent of the owners hired or tried to hire in the last three months and 33% reported few or no qualified applicants for positions. The percentage of owners reporting hard-to-fill job openings declined five points, falling to 15% of all owners.

ASAPro Webinar Tomorrow—Health Care Reform Implications

You can’t afford to miss tomorrow’s ASAPro Webinar, “Supreme Court Health Care Ruling—Next Steps for Staffing Firms.” Edward A. Lenz of ASA; Alden Bianchi of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC; and ASA past chairman Jim Essey, CSP, of the TemPositions Group of Cos. will discuss the court’s ruling and explain the steps staffing firms should take to prepare for the law’s implementation.

The Webinar takes place 2–3 p.m. Eastern time. ASAPro Webinars are $295 for nonmembers. Join ASA and attend ASAPro Webinars for FREE. Register online at