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The week of July 16, 2024

Weekly Economic & Business Outlook

Latest Economic Outlook
  • June’s inflation numbers are better than predicted; there's strong evidence inflation is moving in the right direction.
  • The Fed is still waiting for “more good data” to strengthen the case for rate cuts.
  • Staffing firms should anticipate an uptick in labor demand but focus on dynamic conditions.
Latest Staffing Research
  • TThree quarters of knowledge workers worldwide currently use AI tools.
  • Time savings is the most common reason for using AI.
  • The majority of business leaders worry their organization lacks AI strategy.

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This Week’s Economic Outlook
  • Average hourly earnings have struggled to keep pace with inflation.
  • Compensation will continue to outpace inflation given declining inflation, moderating labor market dynamics, and lower interest rates.
  • Staffing firms can keep offers competitive by accounting for inflation dynamics.
This Week’s Staffing Research
  • Elevated inflation and interest rates have increased compensation demands by workers.
  • A recent ASA Workforce Monitor® found many U.S. workers are still concerned about their finances.
  • Pessimism among workers regarding their finances has reduced labor churn.

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