Part-Time Work Becomes Full-Time Wait for Better Job
New York Times
(04/20/13) Catherine Rampell
Although job growth has been strong of late, 7.6 million Americans who would like to work longer hours have been working at part-time or temporary jobs. Although increases in the number of people with part-time or temporary jobs can be an early indicator that companies will soon engage in more permanent hiring, many employees have been working at part-time or temporary jobs for much longer than they had expected.
“This job recovery has been more modest than previous cycles,” says Joseph A. LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank in New York. “That, the corporate uncertainty, and the recent financial crisis have caused a lot of companies to worry about access to financing. They want to hold extraordinary amounts of cash in this environment, and they’re reluctant to make a more permanent commitment to hiring or hiring someone full time.”
Spring Economic Swoon Arrives on Time
(04/22/13) Jeffry Bartash
Even though Friday’s gross domestic product numbers are expected to be favorable, softer consumer spending, tepid manufacturing growth, and a slower pace of private-sector hiring point to a midyear economic slowdown. “It’s just like 2012. There will be ups and downs throughout the year,” says Paul Edelstein, director of financial economics at IHS Global Insight. “We’re in an uneven recovery.” Economists surveyed by MarketWatch
forecast that growth will slow to 1.8% or less in the second quarter. However, Ryan Sweet of Moody’s Analytics says, “I don’t think there is any reason to worry about a recession.”
Celebrating Earth Day? Earn Recognition for Your Firm’s Environmental Efforts
Today marks the 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day. Has your firm recently spearheaded an environmentally friendly campaign?
If so, submit an entry for this year’s ASA Care Award
. The award program recognizes outstanding corporate social responsibility initiatives among ASA member companies and affiliated chapters. Many ASA member companies have implemented environmentally sustainable programs in their business processes. DRA Recruiting & Staffing Solutions, a past Care Award recipient, created a “Growing Greener” campaign that the company estimates achieved a 65% reduction of waste company-wide.
Want to celebrate Earth Day every day? Get ideas for how your company can create business-wide sustainability programs at americanstaffing.net
ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey Now Open
Share your firm’s data with ASA so you can get the staffing industry information you’re looking for. Participate in the association’s quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey by May 24. Staffing firms that complete the survey receive an exclusive report on the results, which includes temporary and contract staffing sales and gross margin data by sector.
The information collected by this survey provides data essential to the association’s legal and legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of the staffing industry. Register to take the survey or view a PDF version of the questionnaire at americanstaffing.net
. This survey is conducted by ASA research partner Inavero, and there are no fees to participate
Coming May 1: ASA Marketplace—Your No. 1 Source for Suppliers to the Staffing Industry
Next week, ASA will launch a powerful online resource that will change how staffing companies access industry supplier information and make important purchasing decisions.
A feature-rich, interactive, searchable website, ASAMarketplace.net
will allow users to find supplier products and services in various categories by using a host of tools. There’s never been anything like it in the staffing business.
Suppliers to the staffing industry should contact Antoinette Dixon at 703-253-1142 or email@example.com
or Bob Jonas at 703-253-1169 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for listing details.