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AMN Healthcare Acquires the First String Healthcare

AMN Healthcare Services News Release (09/15/15)

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. has acquired the First String Healthcare, a provider of interim staffing and permanent placement of nurse leaders and executives based in Irvine, CA.

U.S. Consumer Prices Fall for First Time Since January

Wall Street Journal (09/16/15) Josh Mitchell; Kate Davidson

Consumer prices declined in August, primarily because of depressed oil markets, marking the first decline since January and complicating the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision about when to increase interest rates. The consumer-price index fell 0.1% from July, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Excluding the energy and food categories, core prices increased 0.1%. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast overall prices would be flat and core prices would rise 0.1%.

Consumer prices increased just 0.2% in August from a year ago, while core prices rose 1.8%.

Meanwhile, employees’ inflation-adjusted weekly earnings increased 0.7% in August, according to a separate DOL report. Average hourly earnings, adjusted for inflation, increased 0.5%, the largest increase since January. The average work week grew 0.3%.

Toys R Us Hiring 40,000 Holiday Season Workers, Fewer Than Last Year; UPS Hiring up to 95,000

Associated Press (09/15/15)

Toys R Us plans to hire 40,000 new employees this holiday season, down from 45,000 last year. It also plans to give current employees and seasonal workers an opportunity to work more hours.

Meanwhile, United Parcel Service plans to hire 90,000 to 95,000 employees, on par with last year. In some cases the seasonal jobs may become permanent.

H-P Outlines Up to 30,000 More Job Cuts

Wall Street Journal (09/15/15) Robert McMillan

Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced plans to cut an additional 25,000 to 30,000 employees as it prepares to split into two companies. Previously, the company announced it would lay off 55,000 employees.

Free ASA State of the Industry Webinar Tomorrow

Don’t miss tomorrow’s ASA State of the Industry webinar, presented by ASA with ASA corporate partner Inavero. It takes place Thursday, Sept. 17, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.

Inavero chief executive officer Eric Gregg will review data on what clients and candidates think of the staffing industry. ASA board member Jeff Bowling, CEO of the Delta Cos., will discuss how his company has improved its rating. Plus you’ll get updates from ASA director of research Cynthia Poole and ASA general counsel Stephen Dwyer.

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

Make Connections to Grow Your Business at Staffing World® 2015

Successful staffing and recruiting professionals rely on their networks to build partnerships, learn from peers, and locate prospects. And there’s no better place to enjoy strategic networking than at Staffing World 2015, Oct. 27–29 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

Opportunities to connect abound at Staffing World. Share ideas with others in your niche at the Section Forums. Forge personal connections with industry suppliers at the lunch and breaks in the expo hall. Discuss tips and tactics during Chill Chats, Management Mindshare, and the new Idea Labs. Celebrate with colleagues at the grand finale featuring musical duo Big & Rich.

All this networking will supplement the invaluable education offered at Staffing World—including exciting keynote speakers, high-caliber workshops, section-specific content, and more. Get the details and register at