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Consumer Prices in U.S. Rose in September as Fuel Costs Jumped

Bloomberg (10/16/12) Alex Kowalski

The cost of living in the U.S. climbed in September for a second month, reflecting a jump in energy expenses that failed to trickle through to other goods and services. The U.S. Department of Labor’s consumer-price index rose 0.6% for a second month in a row. Economists polled by Bloomberg had forecast a 0.5% gain. Companies ranging from Abercrombie & Fitch to Safeway say price increases are difficult to achieve as 12.1 million Americans remain unemployed and rising fuel bills eat into employees’ paychecks.

Home Builder Confidence Rises to Highest Level in Six Years

Los Angeles Times (10/17/12) Tiffany Hsu

Home builder sentiment rose this month to the strongest level since June 2006. The one-point gain in the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index represented the sixth consecutive uptick, while prospective buyer traffic for October climbed five points to a score of 35, the highest level since April 2006. Still, NAHB chairman Barry Rutenberg expressed concern that “overly tight credit conditions are still constraining new building and new purchases.”

Time Off for Voting: State-by-State

Lexology (10/10/12) Jeffrey A. Miller; James Patrick

Many states will let employees take time off, sometimes with pay, to vote in the 2012 elections. This chart offers a general overview of each state’s laws concerning time off, pay, and whether any advance notice is required prior to taking time off to vote.

Recruiting for the Manufacturing Industry—ASAPro Webinar

The manufacturing industry is facing a critical talent shortage—what can staffing firms do to shift this trend? Gardner Carrick, vice president of strategic initiatives at the Manufacturing Institute, will tell you during the ASAPro Webinar “Recruiting for the Manufacturing Industry,” Tuesday, Oct. 30, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. Learn what factors are contributing to the talent shortage, how the lack of qualified applicants affects the U.S. economy, and how the staffing industry can support efforts to bolster the talent pool.

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Complete List of ASA Directors

Monday’s issue of Staffing Today provided an incomplete list of the association’s board of directors. ASA apologizes for the omission. These are the representatives from 12 independent firms and 12 national companies who serve on the board of directors.

Robert Livonius, AMN Strategic Workforce Solutions, chairman
Dan Campbell, CSP, Hire Dynamics, first vice chairman
Tom Daley, Volt Workforce Solutions, second vice chairman
John A. Elwood, Elwood Staffing Services Inc., treasurer
Claudette Cunitz, TSC, CSP, G-TECH Services Inc., secretary

Threase Baker, CSP, TSC, Abbtech Professional Resources Inc.
Jeffrey S. Burnett, CSP, Labor Finders International Inc.
Linda Carchidi, CSP, JFC Staffing Associates
Susan Dietrich, SPHR, TOPS Staffing LLC
W. Benjamin “Ben” Elliott, Randstad
James A. Essey, CSP, TemPositions Group of Cos.
Lesa Francis, Staffmark
Karenjo Goodwin, Exact Staff Inc.
Aaron Green, CSP, Professional Staffing Group
Diana R. Karabelas, Adecco Group North America
Joe Mackey, CAC, CSP, XL Staffing Service Inc.
James McIntire, Kelly Services Inc.
James R. Novick, TSC, Allegis Group Inc.
Dane Reese, CSP, Stark
William H. Stoller, CPC, CSP, Express Services Inc.
Dan Struve, CSP, Helpmates Staffing Services
Mark Toth, CSP, ManpowerGroup
Michael Weinholtz, CHG Healthcare Services Inc.
William C. Yoh, TSC, CSP, Yoh

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