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ASA Staffing Index: December Staffing Up From a Year Ago

Staffing employment is up 9.6% compared with the same month last year, according to the ASA Staffing Index.

The index value for the month of December is 103, indicating that staffing employment increased 0.6% over the past 30 days. Typically, staffing employment peaks between mid-November and mid-December each year, after which it dramatically declines for several weeks before turning upward in mid-January.

Green Planet Group Inc. Sells Staffing Company

Marketwired (12/23/2013)

Green Planet Group Inc. has completed the sale of its temporary staffing company, Lumea Inc., and four Lumea subsidiaries to Easten Services LLC, effective Dec. 15.

Orders for Durable Goods in U.S. Increase More Than Forecast

Bloomberg (12/24/13) Shobhana Chandra

Orders for durable goods rose 3.5% in November after a 0.7% drop in October, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had predicted an increase of 2.0%. Demand is growing for homes and automobiles, which is benefitting manufacturers. The numbers were bolstered by a 21.8% increase in orders for nonmilitary aircraft.

Randstad Rebrands Operating Companies Under One Brand

PR Newswire (12/23/13)

Randstad has announced that Randstad Finance & Accounting, Randstad Human Resources, the Mergis Group, and Accountants International’s franchise offices have rebranded under one entity, Randstad Professionals. Led by group president Rebecca Callahan, Randstad Professionals specializes in sourcing mid-to-senior level talent within finance and accounting, human resources, and sales and marketing.

Massachusetts IG Recommends Changes in Use of Temporary Staffing at State Agencies

Lowell Sun (Massachusetts) (12/23/13) Mike Deehan

The Massachusetts Inspector General’s office has discovered that state agencies often use temporary employees to fill permanent or long-term positions. These workers remain temporary employees for years without transitioning to permanent employment. This is a result of the full-time equivalent cap, a hiring limit imposed by the commonwealth’s executive branch.

Some agencies are unaware that they can negotiate with staffing firms for lower contract costs. Dozens of workers have been temporary employees for more than three years, and 10 have been temporary employees for more than 10 years.

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In observance of Christmas, Staffing Today will not be delivered Wednesday, Dec. 25.