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Jobless Claims in U.S. Increased to 339,000 Last Week

Bloomberg Business Week (02/13/14) Victoria Stillwell

Initial jobless claims rose by 8,000 to 339,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. The median forecast of 52 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a decrease to 330,000. The four-week moving average was 334,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week’s revised average of 333,750.

ASA Headquarters Closed

Due to inclement weather in the Washington, DC, area, ASA will be closed Thursday, Feb. 13. Staff will respond to email and voicemail messages as soon as possible.

Free ASAPro Webinar Next Month—ASA Certification Programs

More than 6,000 individuals have earned credentials from the American Staffing Association to expand their professional expertise and improve their companies’ performance. Discover the benefits of joining them during the ASAPro webinar “Gain a Competitive Advantage With ASA Certification,” Wednesday, March 5, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. Learn about the Certified Staffing Professional® and Technical Services CertifiedSM credentials—and get the details about the new Certified Search Consultant® program.

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