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Private Sector Employment Increased in November: ADP Employment Report

ADP Employment Report (12/04/13)

According to the November 2013 ADP Employment Report, 215,000 jobs were added in the U.S. private nonfarm sector from October to November. Small businesses added 102,000 jobs, medium businesses added 48,000 jobs, and large businesses added 65,000 jobs.

Service-providing industries added 176,000 jobs in November, up from 156,000 in October. This was the largest gain in the service sector in a year.

Fed Should Give More Detail on Rate Hike Plans: Williams

Reuters (12/03/13) Ann Saphir

San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank president John Williams said in an interview that the U.S. Federal Reserve must more aggressively provide details on what will cause it to raise interest rates. These details will prevent investor uncertainty. Williams said the bank must convince investors that rates will remain low after the Fed stops buying bonds. When it decides to stop buying bonds, it should announce an end date and a purchase total, Williams said.

The Fed plans to stop buying bonds when unemployment reaches 6.5%, so long as inflation does not rise above 2.5%. Unemployment was 8.1% in September 2012 when the Fed began its program and is now at 7.3%. Neither Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke nor his successor-to-be, Janet Yellen, have indicated what would cause the Fed to raise interest rates. Most economists think the Fed will continue buying bonds at least until March, but some say that reductions could occur in December, particularly if job creation improves.

Free ASAPro Webinar Tomorrow—Use Data to Improve Your Bottom Line

Are you getting the data you need to make the best decisions for your business? During tomorrow’s ASAPro webinar, “Using Staffing Metrics to Create a Culture of Performance,” explore the seven critical performance ratios and learn how to use them. It takes place Dec. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time.

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

Experience Staffing World® 2013 in Your Office—Convention Recordings Available

If you or your staff were not able to attend Staffing World—or if you did attend and had to make tough choices between concurrent sessions—you can still experience the valuable education that took place in Orlando, FL.

Convention attendees get a discount on the full set of workshop recordings until Dec. 10. Download the order form and send it to ASA by fax or mail.

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