New US Jobless Claims Drop Below 700,000, 1st Time Since Pandemic: Gov’t

The drop of 97,000 from the prior's week's upwardly revised figure was much better than analysts forecast. Agence France-Presse MAR 25, 2021 New filings for regular unemployment benefits in the United States dropped to 684,000 last week, the government said Thursday, their first reading below 700,000 since the pandemic sparked mass layoffs. The drop ofRead More

Survey: 88% of Manufacturers Optimistic about 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers’ quarterly record of manufacturer optimism hit its highest point in two years. IW Staff MAR 09, 2021 Most U.S. manufacturers see clear skies ahead, according to a new survey released by the National Association of Manufacturers. A majority, 87.6% of 450 respondents, of small, medium and large businesses reported feelingRead More

Retail Will Grow Dramatically First Half of 2021

"The supply chain slowdown we usually see after the holiday season never really happened this winter, and imports are already starting to grow again," said Jonathan Gold, of National Retail Federation. MH&L Staff MAR 09, 2021 As increased vaccination and continued in-store safety measures enable additional shopping options, imports at the nation’s largest retail containerRead More

Manufacturing in February: Rapid Growth Checked by Supply Hurdles

According to the ISM, U.S. industry is still bedeviled by supply inconsistencies despite growing production and demand. Data from the Institute for Supply Management show that the manufacturing sector grew in February at a faster rate than it had in January. The ISM’s Purchasing Manager’s Index hit 60.8, 2.1 points higher than January’s 58.7. ARead More

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