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General Employment Enterprises to Acquire Scribe Solutions Inc.

PR Newswire (12/12/14)

Naperville, IL-based General Employment Enterprises Inc., a provider of specialty staffing services, has signed a definitive agreement with Jacksonville, FL-based Scribe Solutions Inc., a provider of medical scribe staffing services, to acquire the company. Closing of the acquisition is expected to occur during the first quarter of 2015.

Economists See Stronger Growth in 2015

Wall Street Journal (12/11/14) Kathleen Madigan

Falling gas prices, a tighter job market, and expected wage gains will likely lead to stronger economic growth in the U.S. in 2015, according to 45 economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal. They forecast that the economy will grow an inflation-adjusted 2.9% next year, which would result in 2015 being the second-strongest year of the economic expansion. However, economists had similar forecasts for 2014 (of 2.8% growth) that failed to pan out, largely due to poor and unexpected winter weather and a poor housing market. Economists now believe 2014 will see growth of just 2.2%.

U.S. Producer Prices Fall, Signal Weak Inflation Pressures

Reuters (12/12/14) Jason Lange

The producer price index declined 0.2% in November, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The decline was sharper than anticipated, driven by a decline in gasoline prices. A core measure of producer inflation that excludes energy, food, and trade services was flat, which could signal persistent slack in the economy.

U.S. Retail Sales Signal an Economy Starting to Rev Up

New York Times (12/11/14) Neil Irwin

Total U.S. retail sales increased 0.7% in November, more than the 0.4% rise forecast by analysts. Other positive economic indicators include the dollar value of gas station sales dropping by 0.8%; falling energy prices are leaving consumers with more income to spend. It appears that the weak sales on Black Friday were misleading and that consumers are spending more evenly.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week of Dec. 1.

360 Healthcare Staffing
Tampa, FL

3D Tek Information Services Inc.
Bushnell, FL

Above All Personnel
St Louis, MO

Aryes Staffing
Columbus, OH

Fortis Resource Partners
Irvine, CA

Growth Technical Staffing
New Hope, PA

Hughes Staffing
North Little Rock, AR

Key Performance
Delray Beach, FL

Pathway Group
Orange, CA

ProStaffing US LLC
Conover, NC

SND Staffing
Nottingham, MD

Synergy Global Systems
Libertyville, IL

YourEncore
Indianapolis, IN