2013 Best of Staffing Now Open
For the last two years, MSA has partnered with Inavero to learn about our membership satisfaction and ways to improve. As the leading provider of client and talent satisfaction surveys, Inavero does more than any firm worldwide and has served as the American Staffing Association’s exclusive research partner since 2006.
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Monthly web magazine of articles related to the staffing industry. Link to the e-zine:
Jobless Claims Fall Again Wall Street Journal (02/09/12) Jeff Bater
U.S. jobless claims fell by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 358,000 in the week ended Feb. 4, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. The unexpected decrease that gave further indication the jobs market is improving. The previous week’s figures were revised up, to 373,000 from 367,000. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had expected claims to climb by 3,000 to 370,000. The four-week moving average of new jobless claims decreased by 11,000 to 366,250, coming in at its lowest number since April 2008.
Unemployment Decline Masks U.S. Labor Force Drop: Economy BusinessWeek (02/08/12) Alex Kowalski
Although the U.S. unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.3% in January, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that the number of working-age people in the labor force hit a 29-year low. The working-age population rose 1.51 million, but 83% of those people were not in the work force. The work force participation rate tumbled to 63.7% in January, as 88 million people age 16 and up were unemployed and not seeking work.
Even so, some U.S. Federal Reserve officials, including James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, view the economic data as favorable, and staffing firms have reported growth since the end of 2009. Carl Camden, president and chief executive of the staffing firm Kelly Services Inc., says, “The ongoing economic uncertainty will help create a greater awareness of temporary staffing benefits and a secular shift in demand for temporary workers.”
In 2012, creativity and adaptability are among the key skills needed to land and keep a job, as staff levels remain lean and employers expect workers to respond to a wide variety of demands.
Recruiting never seems to change much. Even with computers, smartphones, cheap video, big bandwidth and years of accumulated experience, the way we search for people and select them looks very much the same as it looked 50 years ago. The question is: Why haven’t these tools and technologies made any significant difference?