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.