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Manpower Employment Outlook Survey

ManpowerGroup News Release (09/11/12)

According to seasonally adjusted survey results, ManpowerGroup’s Net Employment Outlook for the fourth quarter of 2012 is +11%, unchanged from the third quarter of 2012 and slightly elevated from +8% during the same period last year. The fourth quarter 2012 net employment outlook of +11% is the strongest fourth quarter data collected since 2007. According to seasonally adjusted data, hiring intentions have grown increasingly confident throughout the last three years with no declines in the net employment outlook quarter-over-quarter. The continued climb in confidence marks three years of gradually improving hiring intentions, which were preceded by three quarters of pessimistic employment plans. Hiring intentions continue to climb with employers in 49 out of 50 states reporting positive hiring intentions. Similarly, employers in 99 out of the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas report positive hiring intentions to close out the year.

“Despite tumultuous global economies, election uncertainty, record heat waves, health care reform, and other challenges, employers indicate that steady but cautious hiring progress will continue through the end of the year,” says Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president of the Americas. “Employers have shown remarkable consistency in their careful approach to staff growth. The data shows that companies are very cautious about adding staff, but still have the intention to increase their work forces into the fourth quarter.”

Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed, 17% anticipate an increase in staff levels in their fourth-quarter 2012 hiring plans, while 9% expect a decrease in payrolls, resulting in a net employment outlook of +8%. Once seasonal variations are removed from the data, the net employment outlook becomes +11%. Seventy-two percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 2% of employers indicate they are undecided about their hiring intentions.

CHG Healthcare for Sale, Could Bring in More Than $1 Billion

Reuters (09/10/12) Greg Roumeliotis; Soyoung Kim

Sources say Goldman Sachs Group has been hired to advise on a potential sale of Salt Lake City, UT-based CHG Healthcare Services Inc., one of the oldest and biggest health care staffing firms in the U.S. The sale could top $1 billion. CHG, acquired five years ago by the private equity firm J.W. Childs and CHG chief executive Mike Weinholtz, boasts such brands as CompHealth, Weatherby Healthcare, RN Network, and Foundation Medical Staffing.

Today—What Health Care Reform and New EEOC Guidelines Mean for Your Firm

Today from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time, ASA will help you understand the implications of the latest legislative and regulatory issues facing the staffing industry, including health care reform and new government guidelines on the use of criminal background checks. “Staffing Industry Legislative and Regulatory Issues” is a free ASAProWebinar led by the ASA legal team.

Succeeding in the staffing business means always being one step ahead of the next industry trend, regulatory shift, or legislative change. This free Webinar will help your company prepare for what’s coming next.

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ASAPro Webinar Thursday—Hire Sales Executives Committed to Building Business

It’s time to learn to get your house in order—register for the ASAPro Webinar “Keep Your Own House in Order: Hire and Manage Sales Executives Committed to Building Business,” Thursday, Sept. 13, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. Chris Cosmos will help you identify impediments to success, share customer relationship management strategies, and present a radical approach to sales management that does not put “people first.”

ASAPro Webinars are free for ASA members and qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. Register online at