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BLS: Staffing Industry Employment Up in September

American Staffing Association (10/03/14) Cynthia Poole

Staffing firms created 19,700 new jobs in September, up 0.7% over August and 8.6% over September last year, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year growth has slightly moderated from around 9% at the beginning of the year and an average of 8.8% over the past 12 months.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 2.2% from August and 8.1% from the same month last year.

“As economic conditions continue to slowly improve, businesses are strategically increasing the size of their workforces. They’re hiring more workers and—to maintain agility—they’re expanding their flexible workforces,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association. “This means that staffing and recruiting firms are able to help more job seekers find temporary and permanent employment.”

Resources Connection Inc. Reports First-Quarter Results for Fiscal 2015

Resources Connection Inc. News Release (10/02/14)

Resources Connection Inc. reported revenue of $143.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, up 8.9% from $131.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Over the same period, the company’s U.S. revenue rose 13.3%. Net income was $5.4 million, up 46% from $3.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

NFIB: Small Businesses Report Stronger Hiring, but Expectations Remain Muted

NFIB News Release (10/02/14)

National Federation of Independent Business owners increased employment by a seasonally adjusted average of 0.24 workers per firm in September, the 12th positive month in a row and the largest gain this year. Thirteen percent of owners reported adding workers over the past few months; the percentage was unchanged. Ten percent reduced employment (up one point).

Fifty percent of the owners hired or tried to hire in the past three months, and 42% (84% of those trying to hire or hiring) reported few or no qualified applicants for open positions. Twenty-one percent of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, down five points, and 15% reported using temporary workers, down one point. The net percentage of owners planning to increase employment fell one point to a seasonally adjusted net 9% after a three point decline in August.

Three Inspiring Keynote Presentations at Staffing World® 2014 This Month

Staffing World 2014, the largest, most comprehensive convention and expo in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry, takes place Oct. 13–15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in metro Washington, DC.

Headlining the convention are three world-class keynote speakers:
  • Bill Strickland, president and chief executive officer of Manchester Bidwell Corp.; presenting “Make the Impossible Possible—The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change”
  • Geoff Smart, founder and chairman of ghSMART; presenting “Running at Full Power—Maximize Your Company’s Success”
  • Robert B. Tucker, founder and president of the Innovation Resource; presenting “Thinking Ahead of the Curve”
And there’s more in store at Staffing World—check out staffingworld.net for education session descriptions, networking opportunities, exhibitor information, and more. Register for Staffing World today to see these and other great speakers.

Free ASA Webinar Next Month—Be a Master Networker

Skillful networking can be a roadmap to referrals. Learn the best practices for networking effectively and strategically during the ASA webinar “Become a Master Networker.” It takes place Thursday, Nov. 6, 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 americanstaffing.net.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week of Sept. 22.

Alternative Staffing
North Charleston, SC

American Workforce Group
Longview, WA

ARG
Saint Petersburg, FL

HR Partners Staffing
Buffalo, NY

IQ Resource Group Inc.
Appleton, WI

Jubilee Staffing
Carlsbad, CA

MedSearch Staffing Services Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Probitas Technology
Harrisburg, PA

RMP Temps Inc.
El Paso, TX

Synergy Hiring Solutions
King of Prussia, PA

Virginia’s Staffing Choice
Charlottesville, VA