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Staffing in October Up 4.9% From a Year Ago

Staffing employment in October is up 4.9% from the same month last year, according to the ASA Staffing Index.

The index value for the month of October is 95, indicating that staffing employment is approximately 0.4% higher than that reported for September.

CTG Reports Third Quarter EPS Increase of 28%

CTG News Release (10/22/12)

CTG announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2012. The company reported that operating margin increased 140 basis points to 5.9% in the third quarter. Health care revenue was 33% of total revenue, up from 30% in the third quarter of 2011, while solutions revenue increased 13% to 42% of total revenue, up from 39% in the third quarter of 2011. The increase in higher-margin solutions work from the continued ramp-up of new health care projects and the expansion of larger multiproject health care engagements was the primary contributor to the strength of 2012 third quarter financial results.

CTG reported net income of $3.813 million for the quarter, compared with $2.991 million reported for the same period in 2011. Revenue for the quarter was $106.418 million, compared with $101.119 million for the corresponding quarter last year. Staffing revenue was $62.2 million, or 58% of total revenue, compared with $62.0 million, or 61% of total revenue, in the 2011 third quarter.

Wal-Mart Hit With Minimum Wage Lawsuit as Walkout Threat Looms

Reuters (10/22/12)

A proposed class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart and two staffing firms, Labor Ready Midwest Inc. and QPS Employment Group Inc., alleges violations of minimum wage and overtime laws. Hundreds of temporary workers in the Chicago area say they were required to arrive early, stay late, and work through lunch and were not compensated for a minimum of four hours on days they were contracted for work but not used for the four-hour minimum. The plaintiffs also accuse Labor Ready and QPS of not providing them with the proper wage payment and notices as required by the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act. The lawsuit comes as Wal-Mart contends with a planned walkout by workers in several cities on Black Friday.

J.W. Childs Agrees to Sell Its Stake in CHG Healthcare Services

Boston Globe (10/23/12) Chris Reidy

CHG Healthcare Services, a health care staffing firm currently controlled by the private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates, says that two other investment firms plan to buy CHG, along with existing management. J.W. Childs has agreed to sell its stake in Utah-based CHG to Leonard Green & Partners and Ares Management LLC and the existing management of CHG. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the year, were not disclosed.

Construction Employment Declined in 28 States Between September 2011 to September 2012

Associated General Contractors of America (10/19/12)

An analysis conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department recently found that 30 states added construction jobs over the past month, though not enough to offset the decline in construction employment that took place between September 2011 and September 2012. “Even though a good number of states added jobs in September, most states have a smaller construction work force than they did a year ago,” says Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.

Experience Staffing World® 2012 in Your Office

If you or your staff missed Staffing World 2012 in Las Vegas, you can still experience the valuable education that took place there. Order the recordings for 36 sessions and share them with your staff.

To purchase the full set of recordings at a discount, download the order form and fax it to ASA at 866-324-2296. Package rates start at $195 and are available until Dec. 10.

Questions? Contact ASA at 703-253-2020 or