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Jobless Claims in U.S. Climbed Less Than Forecast Last Week

Bloomberg (09/25/14) Lorraine Woellert

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the week ended Sept. 20 rose by 12,000 to 293,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The 46 economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast claims of 296,000. The four-week moving average of new claims fell by 1,250 to 298,500.

U.S. Durable Goods Orders Fall in August

Wall Street Journal (09/25/14) Ben Leubsdorf; Jonathan House

Orders for durable goods declined overall in August from a month earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Excluding defense goods, orders declined 19.0% in August after increasing 24.9% in July. New orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft increased 0.6% in August, a hopeful sign for U.S. business expenditures.

Startup Aims to Boost Number of Qualified IT Workers

CIO Journal (09/24/14) Rachael King

CodersTrust will finance the education of 100,000 information technology workers in impoverished nations over the next three years. The startup is helping Elance-oDesk Inc. freelancers upgrade their skills. Roughly 57% of the jobs listed on Elance and oDesk relate to IT and technology.

“In a year you can go from knowing nothing to being able to complete 60% of the coding tasks on sites such as Elance or oDesk,” said Ferdinand Kjærulff, founder and chief executive officer of CodersTrust.

Experience the World-Class Expo at Staffing World®

At Staffing World 2014, Oct. 13–15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in metro Washington, DC, you’ll find the world’s largest marketplace for the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry, where you can learn about the latest technologies, innovative products, and new services to help your firm keep its competitive edge and better serve your clients. Meet the valuable suppliers face-to-face, conduct side-by-side comparisons, and assess the resources available to you to increase your company’s efficiency and productivity.

And remember to visit the ASA Learning Pavilions in the expo hall, new this year at Staffing World. Use these pavilions to meet with fellow attendees and experts about the Affordable Care Act, the skills gap, and more.

Make sure your company is at Staffing World, Oct. 13–15 in metro Washington, DC. Register today.

Free ASA Webinar Coming Up—Be a Master Recruiter

What separates a typical recruiter from a top producer? Find out what distinguishes a great recruiter during the two-part ASA Webinar “From Average to Great—The Four Key Steps to Becoming a Master Recruiter.” The first session takes place Tuesday, Nov. 4, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. (The second session will take place Tuesday, Nov. 11, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.)

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