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News Article | May 10, 2017
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Express Employment Professionals today released results from a new poll of unemployed Americans, revealing mixed views on the Trump administration and policies ranging from immigration to healthcare. The survey also shows that the unemployed favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. While they are roughly neutral on whether the Trump administration will affect their ability to find a job, they are more favorable to President Trump’s policy stances on illegal immigration and repealing the Affordable Care Act. By a narrow margin, they favor government spending to create jobs over corporate tax cuts. The national survey of 1,500 jobless Americans age 18 and older was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express between March 14 and April 6, 2017 and offers a detailed, in-depth look at the background and attitudes of the unemployed. Unemployed Americans were asked for whom they voted in the 2016 presidential election. The unemployed were asked, “What kind of impact do you think the new administration will have on creating jobs?” Unemployed Americans were also asked, “How do you think President Trump’s policies will affect your job search?” The unemployed were asked “Are you currently receiving health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA also referred to as Obamacare)?” Jobless Americans were asked to state whether they agree or disagree with various current policy issues: I am in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA also referred to as Obamacare). It would be easier to get a job if there was less illegal immigration in the United States. In addition, the unemployed were asked their opinion on the impact of new government spending versus corporate tax cuts. They were asked: “The federal government is considering various policies to help create jobs for unemployed Americans. Of the two statements below, which ONE do you think would be the most helpful?” Unemployed Americans were asked, “Would you say things in the country are headed in the right direction, or the wrong direction regarding the economy?” Forty percent (40%) said “headed in the right direction,” while 60 percent said “wrong direction.” Among the employed, 36 percent say the country is on the right track versus 33 percent among the unemployed. “While Democrats and Republicans seem to be polarized, the views of the unemployed appear to be much more mixed. Despite the political commentary, political opinion is not as black and white—or red and blue—as we are often led to believe. Among unemployed Americans who voted, Hillary Clinton was the clear winner, but in general the unemployed are expressing opinions on healthcare and immigration that might put them more in line with President Trump,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. This study was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals and included 1,500 U.S. adults aged 18 or older who are unemployed but capable of working (whether or not they receive unemployment compensation benefits). Excluded are those who are currently retired, choose to stay at home, or are unable to work due to long-term disability. The survey was conducted between March 14 and April 6, 2017. Results were weighted as needed by gender for age, education, race/ethnicity, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' penchant to be online. Totals may not equal the sum of their individual components due to rounding. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available. If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sheena Karami, Director of Corporate Communications and PR, at (405) 717-5966. About Robert A. Funk Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 770 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and was also the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. About Express Employment Professionals Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed a record 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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Express Employment Professionals released results from a new poll of unemployed Americans showing a greater sense of optimism about the future among the unemployed. The national survey of 1,500 jobless Americans age 18 and older between March 14 and April 6, 2017 was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express and offers a detailed, in-depth look at the background and attitudes of the unemployed. According to the survey, 33 percent agree with the statement, “I’ve completely given up on looking for a job.” While still a startling number, it is a notable improvement compared to previous years, with 43 percent saying they had “given up” in 2016, 40 percent in 2015 and 47 percent in 2014 reporting the same. In addition, more of the unemployed expressed hopefulness than in years past. Ninety-two percent agree with the statement, “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months,” compared to 87 percent in 2016, 88 percent in 2015, and 91 percent in 2014. Unemployment remains a chronic condition for many, though the average duration of unemployment (23.5 months) is lower than in 2016 (26.3 months) and 2015 (26.8 months) and slightly higher than in 2014 (23.2 months). Thirty percent of unemployed Americans have been out of work for three months or less, 13 percent for four to six months, 13 percent for 7-12 months, 10 percent for 13-24 months and 34 percent for more than two years. When asked why they are unemployed, 22 percent say they quit and 22 percent say they were laid off. This is a new low of people reporting they were laid off, compared to 2016 (23 percent), 2015 (28 percent), and 2014 (36 percent)—an encouraging trend for the economy. When asked who’s “responsible” for their unemployment, 50 percent blame themselves and 26 percent blame the economy. This represents a continued decline in the number blaming the economy, compared to 2016 (34 percent), 2015 (37 percent), and 2014 (45 percent). This is also an increase in those blaming themselves; just 36 percent blamed themselves in 2014. “It’s troubling that one-third of our fellow Americans who are unemployed say they have given up finding work,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “But when you look a little closer, there are signs of a positive trend from previous years; fewer have given up, more are hopeful, fewer blame the economy and fewer are unemployed due to layoffs. “This survey suggests that those who are jobless have a little more control over their situations or that they see an improving economy as a sign that opportunities will turn up for them.” WHO ARE THE UNEMPLOYED? According to the survey, 55 percent of the unemployed are men; 45 percent are women. The largest age group is the youngest age group: Those with a college degree reported receiving their diplomas in the following areas: Forty-six percent of those with at least a college degree agreed with the statement, “I wish I focused on a vocational career (e.g., automotive technology, electrician, plumber, HVAC specialist, dental assisting, medical assisting, etc.) rather than getting my college degree.” Thirty-three percent agree with the statement, “I’ve completely given up on looking for a job,” compared to 43 percent in 2016, 40 percent in 2015, and 47 percent in 2014. Of those who have been unemployed for more than two years, 53 percent agree that they have “given up.” Still, 92 percent of all unemployed Americans agree with the statement, “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months,” compared to 87 percent in 2016, 88 percent in 2015, and 91 percent in 2014. WHAT THE UNEMPLOYED ARE—AND ARE NOT—DOING TO FIND WORK The unemployed reported they are putting in an average of 13.3 hours looking for work each week. That is up from 11.7 hours in 2016 and 12.9 hours in 2015 but down from 13.8 hours in 2014. Sixty-five percent have applied for positions that are below their job level at their previous employer, but 35 percent have not. The majority had no interviews in the previous month*: *At the time of interviewing Among the job search activities unemployed Americans could choose from, the most common job search activities were online: The unemployed spend most of their time filling out applications online. The unemployed were asked to report what percentage of their job search time was spent on various activities: Average percent of job search time spent on activity in: 2017    2016    2015    2014 Researching job opportunities    26.9%    25.3%    26.8%    21.1% Filling out applications online    25.8%    23.7%    21.9%    17.5% Sending resumes    12.0%    11.6%    12.4%    10.5% Networking online    9.2%    10.5%    10.2%    9.4% Filling out applications in person    6.9%    8.5%    9%    8.3% Following up on resumes/applications    6.8%    7.2%    7.6%    6.7% Networking on the phone    5.8%    5.6%    5.2%    4.9% Interviewing    4.7%    4.9%    4.4%    4.2% Attending professional networking events    2.0%    2.7%    2.7%    3.0% This study was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals and included 1,500 U.S. adults aged 18 or older who are unemployed but capable of working (whether or not they receive unemployment compensation benefits). Excluded are those who are currently retired, choose to stay at home, or are unable to work due to long-term disability. The survey was conducted between March 14 and April 6, 2017. Results were weighted as needed by gender for age, education, race/ethnicity, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' penchant to be online. Totals may not equal the sum of their individual components due to rounding. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available. *** If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sheena Karami, Director of Corporate Communications and PR, at (405) 717-5966. About Robert A. Funk Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 770 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and was also the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. About Express Employment Professionals Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed a record 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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On April 18 and 19, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the 26th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies to discuss, among many issues, the implications of the new administration’s “America First” policies, focusing on the outlook for trade, taxation, fiscal, and financial regulation measures to generate domestic investments capable of moving the growth rate beyond the “new normal” established in the aftermath of the Great Recession, without jeopardizing financial stability. The conference, “‘America First’ and Financial Stability,” is being organized by the Levy Institute and will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18–19, at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Participants include Esther L. George, president and chief executive officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Eric S. Rosengren, president and chief executive officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Thomas M. Hoenig, vice chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Peter Praet, chief economist and executive board member, European Central Bank; Michael E. Feroli, chief U.S. economist, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Arturo O’Connell, formerly, member of the board of governors, Central Bank of Argentina; Lakshman Achuthan, cofounder and chief operations officer, Economic Cycle Research Institute; Rana Foroohar, global business columnist, Financial Times, and global economic analyst, CNN; Michael S. Derby, special writer, The Wall Street Journal; Christian Plumb, Latin America business editor, Reuters; and Yalman Onaran, senior writer, Bloomberg News. The 2017 Minsky Conference will assess, among other issues, the impact of different financing schemes on both infrastructure investment and the return of central bank monetary policies to more neutral interest rates. Since these new policy proposals will have a global impact, the conference will focus on their implication for the performance of European and Latin American economies. The conference will include presentations by Jan Kregel, director of research, Levy Institute; Robert J. Barbera, codirector, Center for Financial Economics, The Johns Hopkins University; Fernando J. Cardim de Carvalho, senior scholar, Levy Institute, and emeritus professor of economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Scott Fullwiler, professor of economics, University of Missouri–Kansas City; Arturo Huerta González, professor of economics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Stephanie A. Kelton, research associate, Levy Institute, and professor of economics, University of Missouri–Kansas City; Paolo Savona, formerly, Italian minister of industry and president, Banco di Roma and the Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi; Edwin M. Truman, nonresident senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Michalis Nikiforos, research scholar, Levy Institute; and L. Randall Wray, senior scholar, Levy Institute, and professor of economics, Bard College. The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, founded in 1986 through the generous support of the late Bard College trustee Leon Levy, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. The Institute is independent of any political or other affiliation, and encourages diversity of opinion in the examination of economic policy issues while striving to transform ideological arguments into informed debate. Press registrations should be made by calling Mark Primoff at 845-758-7412 or by sending an e-mail to primoff(at)bard.edu.


News Article | May 5, 2017
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In an otherwise strong unemployment report, the labor force participation rate dropped by 0.1 percent in April, its first drop in six months. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that the unemployment rate dropped from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent, with 211,000 new jobs created last month. “The labor force participation rate remains a key measure of how confident workers are that they can find a job. It’s disappointing that it dropped for the first time in six months, but the good news is the number is up from its low point in late 2015. To truly help workers, especially low-income, unskilled people, it needs to go higher,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals, and the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sheena Karami, corporate communications and PR director, at (405) 717-5966. About Robert A. Funk Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 770 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and was also the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. About Express Employment Professionals Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed a record 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 10, 2017) - The January unemployment of 6.8 per cent is an encouraging step in the right direction, but public policy makers need to focus on the stubborn labour force participation rate says Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board for Express Employment Professionals. "The positive Canadian jobs report reflects the increasing optimism we see on the ground, and that's encouraging news," Funk said. "The stubborn labour force participation rate remains a concern. It continues to be flat lined and we cannot be satisfied with so many people out of the workforce." The January 2017 Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey shows the labour force participation rate at 65.9 per cent, up slightly from 65.8 per cent in December. While Canada's labour force participation rate has generally performed better than most other major industrialized countries, such as the United States, it has been largely stagnant and trending negative during the past 10 years. "This poor direction cannot be explained solely by changing demographics. It is also a sign that a significant number of working-age Canadians have become discouraged and given up searching for paid work," Funk said. "We see unwillingness among the unemployed to accept the jobs or get trained to do the jobs that are available." To view the graphic associated with this release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/StatsCan_Jobs_Report_Feb10.pdf If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488. Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and was also the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed nearly 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown across Canada significantly. There are currently 37 Express franchises in Canada - six in British Columbia, five in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, 23 in Ontario, and one in Nova Scotia.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 22, 2017) - Express Employment Professionals released new survey results today revealing employers' predictions for wage growth throughout the next three months. In a survey of 1,951 businesses, respondents were asked, "Over the next three months, do you expect wages in your market to increase, decrease, or stay the same?" Forty per cent predicted wages would increase, with 59 per cent saying they would stay the same. Only 1 per cent believe wages will decrease. To view the graphic associated with this release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/222eep_40p.jpg This is the highest percentage of respondents in the past year predicting an increase based on quarterly surveys conducted by Express. "Too many working families have gone too long without seeing rising wages, so this is welcome news and a trend we hope continues," said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board of Express. "The best way to grow wages for everyone is to have robust economic growth. Clearly, there are still many areas of North America where wages are stagnant and we have a way to go on the growth front. But this survey, coupled with the increased optimism and other positive wage trend lines, indicates better days may be ahead." The survey of 1,951 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, covers hiring trends for the first quarter of 2017. If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488. Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve. About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed nearly 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown across Canada significantly. There are currently 37 Express franchises in Canada - six in British Columbia, five in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, 23 in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Nearly 3 out of 4 Businesses See Improving Situation TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 8, 2017) - Express Employment Professionals released new survey results today revealing that employers have overwhelmingly positive perceptions of their local job markets. In a survey of 1,951 North American businesses, respondents were asked, "As an employer, what is your perception of the current employment environment in your market?" Nearly three quarters, 74 percent, said the environment is "trending up," while 26 percent said trending down. That is a 10-percentage point improvement compared to results from a similar survey in the fourth quarter of 2016. "This is a very encouraging sign for the new year," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express. "We all know that despite the lower unemployment rate, too many men and women have been shoved to the sidelines and left the job market. Continued job market improvement is essential to getting more people back to work, especially those who have been jobless for so long that they are no longer counted in the 'official' unemployment rate." "This improvement could be a sign that the long, slow recovery is finally picking up some momentum, or it could represent employers' optimism about the new president and administration." The survey of 1,951 businesses in the United States and Canada, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, covers hiring trends for the first quarter of 2017. If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488. Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve. About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed nearly 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown across Canada significantly. There are currently 37 Express franchises in Canada - six in British Columbia, five in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, 23 in Ontario, and one in Nova Scotia.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Express Employment Professionals has been named the No. 1 staffing franchise for the sixth consecutive year in the U.S. by Entrepreneur Magazine as part of the magazine's 38th annual Franchise 500® list. Overall, Express ranked 31. "We're proud to be consistently recognized as a leader not only in the staffing industry, but also in the franchising industry," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "Being ranked the #1 staffing franchise in North America for six straight years is an amazing accomplishment." The rankings are based on financial strength and stability, growth rate and the number of years a company has been in business. Additionally, Express has been named one of the best franchises to buy, according to Forbes’ ranking of America’s best franchises. The staffing franchise ranks fifth among franchises with an investment level less than $150,000. "Express is on track to reach 800 franchises in 2017," said David Lewis, vice president of franchising. Driven by a passion to put a million people to work annually, Express Employment Professionals is on an aggressive expansion campaign to reach 800 franchise locations in 2017, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York City, Miami and Chicago. The staffing company also has available territories in Louisiana, Ohio and specifically Erie, Pennsylvania and Burlington, Vermont. "The growth we've experienced this year is really exciting," Funk said. "We get to be a part of people achieving their financial and personal dreams by becoming business owners. As the need for staffing services continues to rise, Express is expanding to meet that need, which will help us reach our long-term goal of putting a million people to work annually." “We’re a small business operating with a great purpose,” Lewis said. “If you know someone who would be interested in franchise ownership, put us in contact with them and when they are awarded a franchise, we’ll pay a referral fee of $5,000.” Individuals interested in owning an Express Employment Professionals franchise should email Franchising(at)ExpressPros(dot)com or visit ExpressFranchising.com. About Express Employment Professionals Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people in 2015. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For information about owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com. For More Information: Sherry Kast, APR, Fellow PRSA Director of Corporate Communications and PR Express Employment Professionals (405) 840-5000 Sherry(dot)Kast(at)ExpressPros(dot)com


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Express Employment Professionals released today a new white paper explaining why the country is still feeling a hangover from the Great Recession. Despite a low unemployment rate and high stock prices, Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, and economic anxiety was a driving factor in the 2016 presidential election. Titled, "What's Wrong with This Economy,” the paper seeks to explain this surprising trend—and offer advice—for the incoming president if he wants to address this angst. The paper draws on the real-world experience from Express experts and an analysis of employment, wage and public opinion data to identify four root causes of economic dissatisfaction: 1. The lower labor force participation rate distorts the unemployment situation. 2. Wages have been slow to recover following the Great Recession—and concerns of inequality are high. 3. Businesses are concerned about political and global uncertainties. 4. The recession of 2009 changed the way businesses operate. They are still suffering from the aftermath of the Great Recession. Many are holding back, sitting on cash and being cautious. The paper features insights from Express owners and franchisees: The paper argues that despite a low unemployment rate, business leaders and government officials should not take their eyes off the ball. The president-elect, his administration and the new Congress should zero in on four key goals: 1. Getting more workers off the sidelines and back in the workforce with good-paying jobs by equipping them with the skills needed to do those jobs. 2. Raising wages—not artificially with minimum wage laws—but through a growing economy. 3. Relieving businesses of regulations, rules and barriers to success. 4. Encouraging businesses not to be overly cautious—in order to get over their hangover—while promoting policies that encourage re-investing in the economy. “Unemployment has been cut in half since the Great Recession. The stock market is much stronger. But a majority of the country is dissatisfied with the direction the country is headed, and economic anxieties were a significant issue in the presidential election,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “Our new president must address what’s wrong with this economy below the surface if he’s going to succeed.” If you would like to arrange an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sherry Kast at (405) 717-5966. About Robert A. Funk Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 760 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve. About Express Employment Professionals Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people in 2015. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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Express Employment Professionals released new survey results today revealing that employers have overwhelmingly positive perceptions of their local job markets. In a survey of 1,951 businesses, respondents were asked, “As an employer, what is your perception of the current employment environment in your market?” Nearly three quarters, 74 percent, said the environment is “trending up,” while 26 percent said trending down. That is a 10-percentage point improvement compared to results from a similar survey in the fourth quarter of 2016. “This is a very encouraging sign for the new year,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “We all know that despite the lower unemployment rate, too many men and women in America have been shoved to the sidelines, left out of the job market. Continued job market improvement is essential to getting more people back to work, especially those who have been jobless for so long that they are no longer counted in the ‘official’ unemployment rate. “This improvement could be a sign that the long, slow recovery is finally picking up some momentum, or it could represent employers’ optimism about the new president and administration.” The survey of 1,951 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, covers hiring trends for the first quarter of 2017.

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