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

October 1, 2018

Full-time jobs grow, less people searching for part-time work

Economists believe many people are eschewing part-time work and obtaining full-time jobs because the labor-force participation rate has held steady for four years as part-time employment declined. 

October 2, 2018

Manufacturing continued to grow in September

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September, and the overall economy grew for the 113th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

October 3, 2018

Retail workers will be hard to find this coming holiday season

Many retailers have announced plans to hire additional seasonal workers this year, but some of these jobs likely won't be filled because of the tight labor market and low unemployment (3.9%). 

October 4, 2018

Temp revenue speeds up to median 9% in August

US temporary staffing revenue growth accelerated to a median 9% year over year in August from 7% in July, according to Staffing Industry Analysts’ Pulse report survey of staffing firms, released Friday.

October 5, 2018

Business economists foresee pickup in economic growth through 2018

National Association for Business Economics' panelists are a bit more optimistic about the U.S. economy in 2018 than they were three months ago, especially regarding prospects for the industrial sector of the economy, and trade issues are influencing panelists' views.

October 8, 2018

Job location most influential factor in job search

Job candidates cite salary as the single most common reason (40%) for pursuing a new job opportunity, according to a survey of 1,383 U.S. and 295 Canadian workers by human capital management software company Ceridian. 

October 9, 2018

Tech sector jobs post modest rebound in September

Employment momentum in the US tech sector experienced a modest bounce-back in September, according to CompTIA’s analysis of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment situation report, released Friday. 

October 10, 2018

Small business optimism continues historic trend

The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index continued its historic 23-month positive trend, with a reading of 107.9 in September, the third highest reading in the survey's 45-year history. 

October 15, 2018

US Consumer Sentiment eased in Oct, missing forecasts

The University of Michigan's October sentiment index dropped to 99 from 100.1, where economists had forecast an October reading of 100.5. The sentiment index is still hovering around elevated levels that reflect a strong economy.

October 16, 2018

More than 50% of professional women less likely to apply to firms with #MeToo allegations

According to a recent survey by global business advisory firm FTI Consulting, approximately 55% of the professional women surveyed said they are less likely to apply for a job and 49% are less likely to buy products or stock from a company with a public #MeToo allegation.

October 17, 2018

Travel nursing catching on with Millennials

Many Millennials seek the lifestyle and opportunity for higher pay as a travel nurse, Kansas City public radio station KCUR reports. The idea of travel nursing is particularly appealing to millennials as well as nurses in their 40s and 50s who no longer have children at home.

October 18, 2018

OFCCP issues National Interest Exemption for certain contractors after Hurricane Michael

The U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has issued a National Interest Exemption for certain contractors providing Hurricane Michael relief. Under the NIE, contractors will use modified equal employment opportunity clauses in contracts. 

October 19, 2018

US leading index suggests strong growth going into 2019

The Conference Board’s US Leading Economic Index rose 0.5% in September from August to a reading of 111.8 (2016 = 100), following a 0.4% increase in August and a 0.7% increase in July. This suggests the US business cycle remains on a strong growth trajectory heading into 2019.

October 20, 2018

It's time to update your background check forms

Employers should begin using the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's updated Summary of Your Rights form to ensure compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

October 21, 2018

Walmart is not hiring seasonal employees

For the third consecutive year, Walmart largely is forgoing hiring temporary employees in favor of giving its permanent employees more hours and opportunities to earn extra money, something it's workforce has been asking for.

October 24, 2018

Construction employment rises in September

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between September 2017 and September 2018, while 29 states and Washington, DC, added construction jobs between August and September, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

October 25, 2018

USCIS to begin accepting H-1B petitions on April 1

Beginning April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will accept new H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2020. Employers should be aware that the annual fiscal year cap for H-1B visas typically is reached within the first week of filing.

October 26, 2018

Wages for US workers rise 3.5% year over year

Wages for US workers increased 3.5% over the last year, raising the average wage level by 95 cents to $27.81 an hour, according to the ADP Workforce Vitality Report, released today. The growth was driven by strong wage gains for workers in the professional and business services industry, and in trade.