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ASA: Fed Reports U.S. Economy Continues Moderate Growth Trend

American Staffing Association (07/18/13) Alexandra Karaer

The nation’s economy continued to improve at a “modest to moderate pace,” according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). Reports from the 12 federal reserve districts showed that overall economic activity expanded from late May through early July, bolstered mostly by the housing recovery, consumers, and more factory output. Hiring held steady or increased at a “measured pace” in most districts, with some contacts noting a reluctance to hire permanent or full-time workers. Wage pressures were generally contained, and price pressures remained stable.

U.S. Jobless Claims Decline

Bloomberg (07/18/13) Jeanna Smialek

The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell as the effects of auto-plant shutdowns began to diminish. Jobless claims dropped by 24,000 to 334,000 in the week ended July 13, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast 345,000 jobless claims. The less-volatile four-week moving average of new jobless claims declined to 346,000 last week from 351,250.

New Hampshire to Lower Jobless Tax

Associated Press (07/17/13)

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis announced yesterday that an emergency surcharge on employers is being eliminated, effective Oct. 1. As a result, employers in the state will save $29.9 million next year.

Recruitment Website Path.To Is Shutting Down

Jacksonville Business Journal (Florida) (07/17/2013) Carole Hawkins

Path.To, a recruiting website, will stop accepting job postings on Friday and will eventually go offline. The website had hoped to help technology job seekers in the 25- to 35-year-old range find their ideal employment using social media and corporate culture questionnaires to supplement the standard résumé approach. The company launched in April 2012 with $1.5 million in funding from Adecco.

Free ASAPro Webinar Today—Know Your Workplace Safety Obligations

Be sure to attend today’s ASAPro webinar, “Playing It Safe—Workplace Safety Obligations of Staffing Firms and Their Clients,” from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration representatives will address the responsibilities of staffing firms and their clients for temporary worker safety. Staffing firms may invite their clients to attend this program as well.

ASAPro webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit