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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November, and the overall economy grew for the 115th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management. ISM's purchasing manager's index rose to 59.3% in November from 57.7% in October.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during a designated registration period.
The median forecast for growth in inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP) from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018 is 3.1%, unchanged from the growth rate forecast in the October 2018 National Association for Business Economics outlook survey.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits declined a bit at the start of December, but stayed near a five-month high. Initial jobless claims declined by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 231,000 in the week ended Dec. 1, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The US private sector added 179,000 jobs in November, according to the ADP National Employment Report. The gain compares to an increase of 225,000 jobs in October and an increase of 209,000 in September. “Job growth is strong, but has likely peaked,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics.
Temporary help employment edged up 0.3% (8,300 jobs) from October to November, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Note: initial BLS estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be materially revised the following year, according to an ASA analysis of BLS data.)
Criminal investigations, business audits, and arrests by Homeland Security Investigations special agents and auditors from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement surged in fiscal year 2018 compared with the previous year, following a commitment made by the agency in late 2017 to step up its work site enforcement efforts across the country.
Under legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over time, California's minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1 to $12 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more and $11 for employers with 25 or fewer employees. State law requires that most California workers be paid the minimum wage.
The number of unfilled jobs in the U.S. grew by 1.02 million at the end of October from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. More than a third of those new openings were in accommodation and food service and retail.
A federal court recently ruled that an executive recruiter was not liable for an employer's decision to eliminate a female general counsel candidate from consideration, allegedly because of sex discrimination.
According to the National Federation of Independent Business, small businesses saw 45-year highs for job openings, hiring plans, actual job creation, compensation increases (actual and planned), profit growth, and inventory investment. Three-fourths (75%) of small-business owners say last year's tax law will positively affect their business.
Businesses remain confident in the U.S. economy at the end of the year, with most predicting no recession in 2019, according to a survey of 445 businesses by Express Employment Professionals. Only 1% of current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals expect a recession in the next three months.