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Index of Leading Economic Indicators in U.S. Increases 0.5%

Bloomberg (01/24/13)

After holding steady in November, the Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. edged up 0.5% to 93.9 last month, fueled in part by an improvement in initial unemployment insurance claims. Although housing has turned positive for growth, manufacturers’ new orders and capital spending remain depressed. “The latest data suggest that a pickup in domestic growth is now more likely, compared to a few months ago,” says Ken Goldstein, an economist at the Conference Board.

Other economists weighed in as well. “There’s a potential for much stronger growth at some point as we take up a lot of the slack but we just don’t see it coming about anytime soon,” says Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, FL. “There’ve been issues with the election, the fiscal cliff, and now the debt ceiling, all these uncertainties weighing on the market.”

Free ASAPro Webinar—Successful Sales Techniques for 2013

Which sales methods work best today? How should staffing professionals educate clients on how to buy staffing services?

John A. Thomas, CTS, CSP, vice president of partner development for Nextaff, will answer these questions during the ASAPro webinar “Reaching the Decision Maker—Successful Sales Techniques for 2013,” Tuesday, Jan. 29, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. Learn about the tools and techniques that some of the most successful sales professionals use today to uncover prospects and close more sales with current and new clients.

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

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