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                                                                                              ADP report: March job losses accelerate, especially for small companies
                                                                                              The national economy lost a record-setting 742,000 jobs in March — up from a 706,000 falloff in February — with
                                                                                              small and midsize companies leading the pace, according to a report issued last week by Roseland’s Automatic Data
                                                                                              Processing. Small business with fewer than 50 employees cut 284,000 positions, while medium-sized companies
                                                                                              — those with less than 500 workers — cut 330,000 jobs. Large companies dropped 128,000 jobs, according to
                                                                                              ADP’s monthly report.
                                                                                                  Most of the heads rolled in the services sector, which shed 415,000 positions, while goods-producing
                                                                                              companies lost 327,000 jobs. Domestic manufacturing jobs, which have been disappearing for years, fell by
                                                                                              206,000. The ADP Employer Services division created the report in conjunction with Macroeconomic Advisers
                                                                                              LLC in St. Louis, drawing on payroll data to measure monthly changes in private-sector employment. The report
                                                                                              does not break figures down by state.
                                                                                                  Macroeconomic Advisers chairman Joel Prakken said the plunge is the single largest monthly decline in
                                                                                              both absolute and percentage terms since ADP started tracking employment numbers in 2000.
                                                                                                  “Small and midsized companies account for most of the nation’s jobs, so it’s logical to expect that they’d also
                                                                                              account for most of the job losses in a slow economy,” Prakken said. “But when you isolate small businesses, it’s
                 Small business cut more than 280,000 positions just in the month of March.   evident there’s been a sea change from 2008.” – Martin C. Daks

                                                           of bribing two officials of the state’s     ums” and spent $39,395 on “life-
Boutique hotel to                                          Department of Labor and Workforce           coaching” classes and licensing for              Deals around the state
open in Long Branch                                        Development to overlook violations          Eric Simons, who operates a for-                 ■  Information technology services provider Ness Technologies Inc., in
                                                           of wage and hour compliance regu-           profit life-coaching business.                   Hackensack, said it won a contract to upgrade the computer networks
Hoboken-based Applied Develop-                             lations over several years.                      Last week, Milgram said the
                                                                                                                                                        used by Israeli telecom provider Bezeq. The upgrades are for an order
ment Co. will open a 24-room,                                   Marra’s office last week               Simonses and DuPlessis agreed to
                                                                                                                                                        management and fulfillment project for Internet protocol-based
26,000-square-foot boutique hotel,                         announced that Joseph Rivera, a             reimburse donors and to immedi-
Bungalow in Long Branch, on May 1.                         senior investigator in the state            ately resign from the church’s board.            services. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
                                                                                                                                                        ■ Sony Electronics Inc., a division of Sony Corp. of America, which
     The four-story, $5.5 million                          Labor’s Division of Wage and Hour           As part of the settlement, a fiscal
hotel — designed by Lambertville-                          Compliance, admitted he accepted            monitor will take control of Church              has sales and marketing
based Minno & Wasko Architects                             bribes totaling more than $1.86             Alive’s banking and financial                    operations in Park Ridge,
and Planners and New York’s Sixx                           million from owners and operators           accounts. Further, the Simonses and              said      it    reached      an                                         orp
Design — will be part of the second                        of temporary labor firms in return          DuPlessis are barred for 10 years                agreement in principle to
phase of Applied’s Pier Village, a                         for his official assistance benefiting      from serving on any financial board.             provide digital cinema
vast mixed-use development being                           the companies.                                   “Congregants were told their                projectors throughout AMC
built in Long Branch’s downtown                                 The attorney general’s office last     donations would be put into a
                                                                                                                                                        Entertainment Inc.’s circuit
area. Each of the hotel rooms will                         week filed three other federal crimi-       building fund. Instead, the dona-
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Description: The four-story, $5.5 million hotel - designed by Lambertvillebased Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners and New York's Sixx Design - will be part of the second phase of Applied's Pier Village, a vast mixed-use development being built in Long Branch's...
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