January Manufacturing Sustains Growth, Supply Difficulties

The Industry for Supply Management’s manufacturing index fell to 58.7%. Ryan Secard FEB 02, 2021 The manufacturing sector continued growing for an eighth straight month in January as the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index for sector growth fell 1.8 points to 58.7% compared to December. The overall economy also grew, sustaining a parallelRead More

US wages rise by 4% in fourth quarter, but loss of low-wage jobs affects average

Released on January 27, 2021 US workers’ wages rose by 4.4% in the fourth quarter with the average wage rising by $1.27 to $30.19 per hour, according to the ADP Research Institute’s Workforce Vitality report. But a look behind the number tells a different story. Average wage growth is higher than expected because of significantRead More

IT employment rises in December, continuing recovery

Released on January 20, 2021 IT employment rose by 0.5% to more than 5.2 million jobs in December compared to November, according to a report released Tuesday by the TechServe Alliance, a national trade association of IT and engineering staffing and solutions industry. While IT employment still remains down 2.08% on a year-over-year basis, TechServeRead More

76% of US companies say hiring demand will return to pre-pandemic levels this year: Study

Released on January 21, 2021 Hiring demand will approach, return to or exceed pre-pandemic levels this year, according to the 2021 Future of Recruiting Study published by CareerArc, a provider of a social recruiting platform. Of companies surveyed, 76% believe hiring demand will return this year. CareerArc’s survey also discovered that companies are most concernedRead More

Move by White House stops rule on independent contractor classification (National Law Review)

Released on January 25, 2021 The White House issued a memorandum asking agencies to stop all non-emergency rulemaking and regulatory activity pending review by the new administration; the memo will in effect do away with a final rule on independent contractor classification, the National Law Review reported. The rule would have made it easier for companies inRead More

Bah Humbug on the ‘Doom and Gloomers’

Posted by Alan Beaulieu on Dec 23, 2020 10:40:23 AM Here Are Two Reasons Why The headlines trumpeted that Retail Sales fell in November, a move that many did not see coming. For the record, Retail Sales are on track with our forecast. The concern raised by others regarding November’s drop is that consumers have pulled back,Read More

U-HAUL REPORTS ON ONE WAY MIGRATION OF TRUCKS LEAVING STATES

California displaced Illinois as the state with the biggest net loss of U-Haul trucks in 2020, the moving company reported. Both Texas and Florida had the most net gains in U-Haul truck traffic from 2016 to 2019 before they were displaced by Tennessee in 2020, the company said. What makes Tennessee attractive is its business-friendlinessRead More

How to Handle a Leadership Change in Your Organization

Most human beings resist change. After all, the unknown is uncomfortable. Changes in leadership are no exception — with them comes a natural apprehension. What direction will the new leader take? How does that impact your future? However, with the right mindset and a smart approach, changes in leadership can lead to great opportunities. TheyRead More