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Free ASA State of the Industry Webinar in Less Than a Month

Access the timely data, credible research, and strategic analysis your company needs to effectively stay ahead of industry trends and sharpen its competitive edge.

Join the American Staffing Association and corporate partner Inavero for the next ASA State of the Industry webinar. It’s part of a new quarterly series especially for staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions companies. It takes place Tuesday, Sept. 23, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. Space is limited, and the first webinar of the series was full—so register today.

Eric Gregg, chief executive officer of Inavero, will look at recent industry research, business trends, and prevailing legislative issues. Plus, he’ll interview ASA past chairman Jim Essey, CSP, president and chief executive officer of the TemPositions Group of Cos., on ACA compliance strategies for staffing firms.

Register today for the ASA State of the Industry webinar. It’s free and qualifies for 1.0 active hour of continuing education toward ASA certification renewal.

MRINetwork Names John McDonald as New President

MRINetwork News Release (08/27/14)

CDI Corp. subsidiary MRINetwork, an executive search and recruitment firm, has appointed John McDonald president. Prior to joining MRINetwork, McDonald served as president and chief operating officer of Service Brands International, a franchise system with a broad portfolio of home services brands. He also has worked in the recruitment industry as vice president of North American sales for ManpowerGroup.

DLC Acquires Beacon Resources

peHUB (08/27/2014) Iris Dorbian

DLC, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, has acquired executive search firm Beacon Resources LLC of Newport Beach, CA, for an undisclosed sum. The combined company will have more than 250 consultants and serve clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies. Each company will keep its brand identity under the banner of DLC Group, and Beacon will continue to be led by chief executive officer Mike Kelly.

GDP Expanded at 4.2% Rate in Second Quarter

Wall Street Journal (08/28/14) Ben Leubsdorf; Sarah Portlock

U.S. gross domestic product grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.2% during the second quarter, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The previous estimate was a 4.0% growth rate, while economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal had forecast a 3.8% pace. Business spending grew more than expected, while American corporations posted higher profits.

GDP contracted at a 2.1% rate during the first quarter. The economy averaged a weak growth rate of 1.1% during the first half of the year.

Jobless Claims in U.S. Little Changed as Job Market Strengthens

Bloomberg (08/28/14) Jeanna Smialek; Shobhana Chandra

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the week ended Aug. 23 decreased by 1,000 to 298,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The 46 economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast claims of 300,000. The four-week moving average of new claims dropped by 1,250 to 299,750.

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Sector Activity Strengthened

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (08/26/14)

Fifth District manufacturing activity continued to improve in August, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (VA). The composite index for manufacturing climbed to a reading of 12, the highest reading since March 2011. Although manufacturing employment and average wages rose at a slower pace this month, the average workweek lengthened. The manufacturing employment index fell two points this month to 11. The average workweek index rose five points to eight, while the index for average wages fell five points to 11.

Manufacturers anticipate stronger business conditions during the next six months. They expect faster growth in shipments and new orders and believe order backlogs will grow more quickly. Survey participants’ outlook for the months ahead also include faster growth in average wages and the average workweek, with an increase in hiring. However, the index for expected employment dropped one point from last month’s reading to 18.

The Sizzling Summer Sale Ends Aug. 31—Get 25% Off ASA Certification Products

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This sale is just for ASA members and runs through Aug. 31, so don’t delay. To receive the 25% discount, enter SUMMERCERT14 in your shopping cart upon checkout.

Going to Staffing World® 2014? Time Is Running Out to Save on Registration

Staffing World 2014, Oct. 13–15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in metro Washington, DC, is just a few weeks away. Next Friday, Sept. 5, is your very last chance to take advantage of the advance registration prices. Register now to save up to $150 per person.

The ASA annual convention and expo is where staffing and recruiting professionals, industry leaders, and business innovators meet to share cutting-edge strategies, exchange best practices, and explore the latest technologies and products that help build world-class companies.

For details, check out the digital edition of the Staffing World 2014 Advance Program. The program features all the information you need—including schedules, workshop descriptions, and exhibitor information.

Visit to register.