Here are our top staffing industry news picks for the month of December

December 3, 2018

Manufacturing activity grew in November

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.

December 4, 2018

DHS proposes merit-based rule for more efficient H-1B visa program

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.

December 5, 2018

Economic growth continuing in 2019

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. 

December 6, 2018

Jobless claims dip after Thanksgiving but still near 5 month high

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. 

December 7, 2018

US private sector adds 179,000 jobs in November

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. 

December 10, 2018

Staffing employment edges up according to BLS

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.)

December 13, 2018

ICE worksite investigations surge

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. 

December 18, 2018

California's minimum wage to increase

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. 

December 19, 2018

Unfilled jobs grow in low-skilled fields

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. 

December 26, 2018

Recent ruling: executive recruiter not liable in hiring bias

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. 

December 27, 2018

Small businesses expect positive impacts of tax law

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.

December 28, 2018

Most businesses don't expect 2019 recession

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.