Jobless Claims in U.S. Decline to Lowest Level in Seven Years
(05/15/14) Lorraine Woellert; Victoria Stilwell
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the week ended May 10 fell by 24,000 to 297,000—the lowest since May 2007—according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The 49 economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast claims of 320,000. The four-week moving average of new claims dropped by 2,000 to 323,250.
U.S. Consumer Prices Rise at Strongest Rate in Nearly a Year
Wall Street Journal
(05/15/14) Eric Morath; Sarah Portlock
Consumer prices increased last month at their strongest rate in almost a year, a sign of modest inflation pressures. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in April from March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Core prices, which exclude the volatile food and energy categories, increased 0.2% in April. The gains were in line with the forecasts of economists polled by the Wall Street Journal
New York Fed Manufacturing Index Jumps to 19.01 in May
Dow Jones Business News
(05/15/14) Kathleen Madigan
New York’s business conditions index rose to 19.01 in May from 1.29 in April, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The reading was the highest seen since mid-2010 and supports the belief that the economy may improve this quarter. A reading above zero indicates expansion.
Meanwhile, the employment index increased to 20.88 in May from 8.16 in April, while the workweek index rose to 2.20 from 2.04.
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ASA Quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey Closes Tomorrow
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Join the Conversation on ASA Central
With more than 1,500 discussion topics posted on ASA Central in its first year, you’ve made this network of more than 20,000 industry professionals your primary resource for all staffing-related questions and topics. Here’s what your colleagues are talking about right now on ASA Central
- Drug testing
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