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

January 1, 2018

US Economy fuels boom in consumer debt

Consumer debt is on pace to top $4 trillion in 2019, but Americans don't seem to be having trouble managing it. Easing the burden are a growing U.S. economy, wage gains, unemployment near a 50-year low, and still historically low interest rates.

January 2, 2018

Federal Judge allows ACA to remain in effect during appeals

A federal judge who recently declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional stayed his ruling to allow for appeals, keeping the health law in effect while litigation continues. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor stands by his earlier conclusion that the entire law is invalidated by congressional repeal of its fines on people who remain uninsured.

January 3, 2018

US Appeals Court nixes Labor Agency's Joint Employment test

On Dec. 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in Browning-Ferris Industries Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board that a 2015 decision by NLRB did not properly define the kind of "indirect control" over working conditions that the agency said could make companies joint employers of contract or franchise workers. 

January 4, 2018

Jobless claims climb at the end of 2018 amid government shutdown

Jobless claims rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 231,000 in the week ended Dec. 29, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had anticipated a reading of 218,000. The increase in claims likely was inflated by the partial federal government shutdown and the end of temporary staffing during the holiday season.

January 7, 2018

Staffing employment grows moderately Nov-Dec

Temporary help employment edged up 0.3% (10,300 jobs) from November to December, 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.)

January 8, 2018

Construction employment rises, hourly pay jumps

Construction employment increased by 38,000 jobs in December and by 280,000 jobs, or 4.0%, over the past year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Construction employment totaled 7.4 million in December, the highest level since March 2008. Hourly earnings in the industry averaged $30.44 in December, a rise of 3.9% from a year earlier.

January 14, 2018

US labor market tight in November and December

Employment increased in most of the country in late November and December, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report released Wednesday. Labor markets remained tight and firms struggled to find workers at any skill level. The Beige Book, a collection of observations from the 12 federal regional banks, provides a snapshot of current economic conditions.

January 15, 2018

More than 10,000 federal employees sought unemployment benefits

Some 10,454 government employees sought benefits through a separate unemployment program run by the US government in the week ended Jan 5, the latest period for which numbers are available. Overall, The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance fell to 220,750 last week, down 1,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average.

January 16, 2018

Small business loans in limbo; hiring could be affected

The U.S. Small Business Administration has stopped approving routine small-business loans due to the government shutdown. The agency covers loan losses, giving an incentive to banks and other financial institutions to finance small businesses. The shutdown has delayed approximately $2 billion in SBA lending, estimates Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.

January 22, 2018

Wage growth remained steady over previous year

Wages for U.S. workers grew 3.4% over the last year, increasing the average wage level by $0.93 to $28.06 an hour, according to the ADP Research Institute Workforce Vitality Report. As of December 2018, growth had steadied at a 3.4% annual rate, driven by strong wage gains for workers in trade.

January 23, 2018

Employers may face higher OSHA penalties

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2019 has been published in the Federal Register. The final rule increases civil penalties assessed by the U.S. Department of Labor, including those assessed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA civil penalties will increase as of Jan. 24.

January 24, 2018

DoL issues final rule to protect privacy of workers

To protect worker privacy, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year.

January 28, 2018

Marketing/creative staffing to grow 7%; demand indicates increased opportunities

Marketing/creative staffing is a relatively new staffing sector with high demand and significant growth opportunities, according to Staffing Industry Analysts’ Marketing Creative Staffing Growth Assessment: 2018 Update report. Revenue in the marketing/creative space in the US is expected to grow 7% to $1.6 billion this year.

January 29, 2018

Construction employment increases in December

Construction employment grew in 273 (76%) of 358 metro areas between December 2017 and December 2018, declined in 37 (10%), and was unchanged in 48 (13%), according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the job gains came amid strong demand throughout 2018 for construction projects but noted that tight labor market conditions likely prevented additional job gains last year.

January 30, 2018

Tomorrow's jobs demand higher degrees according to BLS report

Occupations requiring master's degrees are expected to grow at a rate of 16.7% between 2016 and 2026, versus 7.4% for all occupations, according to an analysis of a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report by economist Emily Rolen. Jobs requiring doctorates will grow second-fastest, at 13%, followed by jobs requiring associate's and bachelor's degrees. Health care is a big reason for the rising demand for higher degrees.