JANUARY 2018 NEWS

    STAFFING NEWS ROUNDUP

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

    January 1, 2018

    2017 was the year of the red hot job market

    The country has added jobs for 86 consecutive months,the longest streak on record, according to the Labor Department and unemployment is at 4.1%, the lowest level since 2000.

    January 2, 2018

    Tax reform law includes paid leave, sexual harassment settlement provisions

    The law eliminates the ability of a business to take a tax deduction for any sexual harassment settlement that contains a confidentiality provision or a nondisclosure agreement

    January 3, 2018

    Legislators planning overhaul of the H-1B visa program

    A plan to reform H-1B visas, which bring highly skilled temporary workers into the US, is set to be discussed this year. One change would require firms to pay workers a minimum of $90,000 per year versus the $60,000 minumum today.

    January 4, 2018

    Staffing firms around the country get high marks in survey

    Among the nearly 12,000 temporary and contract workers who participated in the latest ASA Staffing Employee Survey, nine out of 10 said they are satisfied with their staffing company. That level of satisfaction holds true across all sectors.

    January 5, 2018

    Temporary staffing edges up in December

    Temporary help employment edged up 0.2% from November to December, and was 4.6% higher than in December 2016, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    January 8, 2018

    Jobs growth unlikely to slow in months ahead

    Jobs growth in the US shouldn’t slow in the near term, according to The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index, which rose in December to a reading of 107.10 after little change in November.

    January 9, 2018

    January Workforce Report: Hiring up 24% in December

    2017 ended on a strong note with hiring up 24.2% year over year in December, according to LinkedIn’s January Workforce Report. Cities in the Sunbelt are booming in particular.

    January 10, 2018

    Immigration agency says change to H-1B visas not happening, despite rumor

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services says no policy change is underway that would end extensions of H-1B visas for those applying for green cards. 

    January 11, 2018

    More than 3 million staffing employees work on any given day

    U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.22 million temporary and contract workers per week in the third quarter of 2017—exceeding three million for 14 consecutive quarters, according survey data.

    January 12, 2018

    Labor forecast predicts increase in demand for temporary workers in early 2018

    Demand for temporary workers in the U.S. is expected to increase 4.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis for the 2018 first quarter, when compared with the same period in 2017, according to the Palmer Forecast from G. Palmer & Associates.

    January 15, 2018

    148K new jobs in December, wages starting to rise

    The US added 148,000 new jobs in December, marking the 87th consecutive month of employment growth, according to the Department of Labor. Wages have also started to see an increase — they rose 2.5% in December.

    January 16, 2018

    Trump says he's willing to make DACA deal after downplaying chances

    Although talks have stalled over a potential immigration deal, President Trump indicated that he is ready and willing to make a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as the threat of a government shutdown looms this Friday.

    January 17, 2018

    75% of staffing firms expect more revenue this year

    A new report by staffing software supplier Bullhorn found 75% of staffing and recruiting firms expect more revenue this year than last year.

    January 18, 2018

    Jobless claims in US plunge to lowest weekly tally in nearly 45 Years

    The number of people applying for unemployment benefits decreased by 41,000 to 220,000, the lowest level since 1973 in a sign the job market will tighten further in 2018.

    January 19, 2018

    Tech industry urges US to keep work permits for H-1B spouses

    Business and technology industry groups are asking the Trump administration not to halt work authorizations for spouses of immigrants who have specialty worker H-1B visas and are seeking permanent residency.

    January 22, 2018

    US government fails to come to spending agreement; government shut down continues

    Senate Republicans and Democrats failed late on Sunday to reach a compromise to end the shutdown, which began at midnight on Friday as a result of an impasse over negotiations on immigration.

    January 23, 2018

    Automation, text messaging, and lagging confidence are top 2018 recruiting trends

    A new recruiting trends report from Bullhorn supports the strength of text messaging to communicate with job seekers over email and phone calls. Read more about the report findings here.

    January 24, 2018

    Construction jobs increase in 42 states year to year

    Forty-two states added construction jobs between December 2016 and December 2017, while 32 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between November and December, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

    January 25, 2018

    US jobless claims total 233,000 vs 240,000 expected

    The number of people filing unemployment claims increased less than expected last week, signalling tightening labor market conditions. The number of people filing for unemployment rose by 17,000 to 233,000 in the week ending Jan. 20, according to the U.S. DOL.

    January 26, 2018

    US GDP grows below forecast 2.6% on trade, inventory drags

    The economy grew at a slower-than-expected pace in the fourth quarter of 2017 because of drags from trade and inventories, which offset strength in the consumer spending and business investment that signals solid momentum.

     

    January 29, 2018

    US employers struggling to fill jobs turn to Puerto Rico

    Faced with worker shortages, employers are trying to lure Puerto Rico residents to the mainland with the promise of jobs for many on the island devastated by Hurricane Maria. 

    January 30, 2018

    Glitch means thousands of Ohio businesses get wrong 1099s

    Approximately 44,000 Ohio businesses have received inaccurate tax documents from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. The error has been blamed on a major glitch at the Ohio state government.

    January 31, 2018

    Online job ads increased 1,200 in January

    Online advertised vacancies increased 1,200 to 4.9 million in January, according to the Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series. The December supply and demand rate stands at 1.34 unemployed for each advertised vacancy.