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Tomorrow’s Your Last Chance to Save on Staffing World® 2014 Registration

Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 5, is the advance registration deadline for the most important industry event of the year—Staffing World 2014, Oct. 13–15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in metro Washington, DC. Register by tomorrow to save up to $150 per person. And be sure to reserve your room at the discounted Staffing World 2014 room rate before Sept. 18. Go to to register and reserve your hotel room now.

For details about all of the high-caliber content and networking opportunities at Staffing World, and to check out the largest industry expo anywhere, see the Advance Program, which can also be viewed on your smartphone or tablet.

Fed: Economic Activity Expands; Labor Market Conditions Relatively Unchanged

American Staffing Association (09/04/14) Cynthia Poole

Economic activity continued to expand in all 12 districts during the most recent six-week reporting period, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). None of the districts, however, cited any distinct shifts in the pace of growth. Consumer spending grew slightly to moderately in most districts. Manufacturing reports were mixed and labor market conditions were relatively unchanged, but contacts in nearly all districts reported challenges finding certain types of skilled labor. Conditions for staffing services were generally positive across the nation.

Jobless Claims in U.S. Little Changed as Firings Dwindle

Bloomberg (09/04/14) Michelle Jamrisko; Lorraine Woellert

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the week ended Aug. 30 rose by 4,000 to 302,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The 49 economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast claims of 300,000. The four-week moving average of new claims rose by 3,000 to 302,750.

ADP: U.S. Private Sector Added 204,000 Jobs in August

Reuters (09/04/14) Ryan Vlastelica

U.S. private sector employers hired 204,000 employees in August, down from 212,000 in July, according to data from Automatic Data Processing. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast new hiring of 220,000.

Strong Factory Orders, Auto Sales Brighten U.S. Economic Picture

Reuters (09/03/14) Lucia Mutikani

New orders for U.S. factory goods rose across a broad base of sectors in July, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Manufactured goods orders increased 10.5% in July compared with a 1.5% increase in June due to strong demand for aircraft and automobiles. Orders excluding transportation fell 0.8% in July, following a 1.4% increase in June.

Free ASAPro Webinar Next Week—Investigating Workplace Incidents

Employee complaints or workplace incidents, whether they occur on a staffing firm’s premises or on those of its client, constitute a significant liability risk for staffing firms. Learn the best practices of a good investigation process during the ASAPro webinar “How to Handle Investigations of Workplace Incidents.” It takes place Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.

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