MARCH 2018 NEWS

    STAFFING NEWS ROUNDUP

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

    March 1, 2018

    US toughens process for H-1B vias at third-party worksites

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced changes that make it tougher to get H-1B visas — used to bring in highly skilled temporary foreign workers — who will fill jobs at third-party worksites.

    March 2, 2018

    Construction spending rises from a year ago

    Construction spending in January was moderately higher than in January 2017, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. However, further gains would be in jeopardy if the Trump administration adopts tariffs on key construction materials.

    March 5, 2018

    Temp revenue grows 6% in Jan; new order highest level since 2015

    US temporary staffing revenue rose a median 6% year over year in January — an acceleration from 4% in December and 5% in November — among staffing firms taking part in Staffing Industry Analysts’ monthly Pulse survey.

    March 6, 2018

    Trump says US to impose tariffs on steel, aluminum imports

    President Trump said that the United States would impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum next week. The administration says duties would protect U.S. industry, but critics say they would raise costs for industry and fail to deliver on a campaign pledge to boost domestic jobs.

    March 7, 2018

    Less than half of employees say their firms are diversity employers

    Less than half of male and female employees consider their companies to be diversity employers of choice at 47% and 45% respectively, according to a survey by Randstad US. The research also found majority of employees, 78%, say a workplace where people are treated equally is important to them. 

    March 8, 2018

    Jobless claims jump a week after record low

    The rate of layoffs climbed significantly in early March, just one week after declining to the lowest level since 1969. Jobless claims increased by 21,000 to 231,000 in the week ended March 3, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, reaching the highest level in six weeks. 

    March 9, 2018

    Small business owners eager to grow, having difficulty hiring

    Fifty-two percent of small-business owners said they are hiring or trying to hire, but they continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers, according to the National Federation of Independent Business' February jobs report. 

    March 12, 2018

    Search and placement employment edges up in December

    Preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that search and placement employment grew 0.9% from December 2017 to January 2018. Search and placement jobs totaled 306,100 in January, 1.5% more than in the same month last year.

    March 13, 2018

    Job growth index rises; six month growth rate highest since 2014

    Jobs growth in the US increased sharply last month, according to The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index. The index rose in February to a reading of 107.74 from 106.50 in January.

    March 14, 2018

    US temp jobs rise by 26,500; temp penetration rate up

    The U.S. gained 26,500 temporary help services jobs February, a year-over-year increase of 4.15%, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The temp penetration rate rose slightly.

    March 15, 2018

    IT job growth flat to start 2018

    IT job growth in the US started 2018 flat, according to the TechServe Alliance, a trade group of IT and engineering staffing and solutions firms. It reported the number of IT jobs in the US edged up by only 0.01% sequentially in February to more than 5.3 million.

    March 16, 2018

    Economists worry a trade war could derail US growth

    President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will reduce U.S. employment only modestly, according to a survey of 59 economists by the Wall Street Journal. They expect healthy growth for the U.S. in 2018 but increasingly worry that foreign-trade disputes could escalate and damage the U.S. economy.

    March 19, 2018

    Construction employment increases in metro areas

    Construction employment increased in 248 out of 358 metro areas (69%) between January 2017 and January 2018, declined in 68 (19%), and was unchanged in 42 (12%), according to the Associated General Contractors of America. 

    March 20, 2018

    Staffing executive faces five years in prison for underreporting payroll

    An executive at a temporary employment agency in Massachusetts pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Boston to willfully failing to collect and pay employment taxes, the US Department of Justice announced. 

    March 21, 2018

    Hot job market for workers over the age of 50 

    The unemployment rate for those ages over 55 is down to 3.2 percent as of February 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

    March 22, 2018

    Number of nurse practitioners is at a record high 

    More than 248,000 nurse practitioners are currently licensed to practice in the US, according to data released by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

    March 23, 2018

    American economic expectations match strongest since 2002 

    U.S. citizens' outlook for the economy climbed in March for a third straight month to match the highest level since 2002, data from the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed Thursday. 

    March 26, 2018

    Gig work becoming the "new normal" 

    Gig work is becoming the new normal, according to a report released by Kelly Services. Sixty-five percent of talent and hiring managers surveyed stated the gig economy is rapidly becoming the new normal for how businesses organize work.

    March 27, 2018

    ASA Staffing Index hits a 10-year high for March

    Staffing employment for the week of March 12–18 increased 0.7%, growing for the third consecutive week to a rounded value of 95—the best reading for this particular week in 10 years—according to the ASA Staffing Index

    March 28, 2018

    US raises estimate of GDP growth for fourth quarter

    US real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.9% in the fourth quarter, according to the third estimate of GDP growth released today by the US Commerce Department. The new estimate is up from the previous estimate, which pegged growth at 2.5%.

    March 29, 2018

    Jobless claims fall to lowest levels since 1973

    Jobless claims dropped by 12,000 to 215,000 in the week ended March 24, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Jobless claims are at the lowest level in 45 years.