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Employment Trends Index falls in June, but decline likely the result of ‘noise’

July 8, 2019

The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index fell in June, but the organization cautioned the decline is likely the result of “noise.” Job growth is expected to remain strong.

June’s decline was driven primarily by one component of the index — an increase in the percentage of respondents who...


Number of Canadian jobs edges down for month but remains up year over year

July 8, 2019

Total employment in Canada fell by 2,200 jobs in June from May to a total of approximately 19.1 million, according to seasonally adjusted data released Friday by Statistics Canada. However, the losses were all in part-time jobs which fell by 26,200. The number of full-time jobs rose by 24,100.

In addition,...


$16.5 million settlement in IC case by logistics firm

July 8, 2019

Logistics firm XPO Last Mile Inc. agreed to pay $16.5 million to settle an independent contractor misclassification class-action lawsuit that includes 847 current and former delivery drivers.

Preliminary approval was granted June 27 in federal court in California.

XPO contracts with retailers to arrange...


Recruit invests in fintech blockchain firm

July 8, 2019

A division of Tokyo-based Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd., one of the world’s largest staffing providers, today announced an investment in Provenance Blockchain Inc., a provider of a blockchain platform for the financial industry.

Provenance is based in San Francisco and was founded in September 2018. Its...


Healthcare organizations seek more medical specialists, fewer primary care doctors: report

July 8, 2019

Healthcare organizations are seeking more medical specialists and fewer primary care physicians, according to a report released today by Merritt Hawkins, a physician search provider that is part of AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AMN). The report also found physicians practicing invasive cardiology...


US adds 102,000 nonfarm jobs in June, but ADP report cites further slowdown in hiring

July 3, 2019

The US added 102,000 nonfarm jobs in June, but the number appears to be a further sign of a slowing job market, according to the ADP National Employment Report released today.

June’s number is up from the 41,000 added in May, but down from the 255,00 added in April and 158,000 added in March.

“The...


Nonmanufacturing activity decelerates in June

July 3, 2019

Nonmanufacturing activity decelerated in June to its lowest level since July 2017, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s Nonmanufacturing Index released today.

The index was at a reading of 55.1, down from 56.9 in May. However, readings above 50 still indicate growth.

“Although the nonmanufacturing...


Texas and California tech metro areas post lowest jobless rates

July 3, 2019

Three metropolitan areas known as technology hubs posted the lowest jobless rates among all large metro areas in the US in May at 2.2% each. Those areas were the Austin-Round Rock metro area in Texas and the San Francisco and San Jose areas in California, according to data released today by the US Bureau...


Cross Country announces new brand for search divisions

July 3, 2019

Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRN) announced a new brand — Cross Country Search — for its permanent search brands Cejka Physician Search, AP Healthcare, StarMed and its RPO division.

Leading Cross Country Search will be David Pantano, its newly appointed president. Pantano most recently...


H-1B visa fraud: Feds arrest four IT staffing execs

July 3, 2019

Four executives at IT staffing companies were arrested on suspicion of fraudulently using the H-1B visa program, the US Department of Justice announced today.

The defendants were allegedly involved in a scheme where they used a fake client company to obtain H-1B visas for workers who were then put on...