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Kelly Services benefiting from the difficult economy

When oil prices dropped off the highs for Monday, stocks started to show a little life.

The dollar also showed a little strength, and investors felt good enough to come out of the dark after last week's big selloff.

The Dow is up 3.50 points to close at 11.350.

The Nasdaq closed down 22.65 points at 2,292.

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Today's difficult economy has many people looking for work and finding it difficult to land that full-time job.

One benefactor of the job environment has been the temp field.  Companies like Kelly Services have seen a steady stream of people seeking employment.

"At Kelly Services," Debra Sheehan says, "we've definitely seen an influx of people coming in for temporary work, looking for both temporary opportunity and full time positions."

Sheehan oversees Kelly Services' five offices in the Louisville and southern Indiana area.  She says her offices are seeing more clients in the professional and technical area as well as general administrative and industrial workers.

Sheehan explains, "We are getting very highly skilled individuals, but certainly companies are looking for the soft skills as well.  They're asking more for individuals with a good work history, that are committed, not only have high skills and experience but also have the enthusiasm and professional demeanor that companies are looking for."

In today's economic environment, temp work is often the best way to find a full-time job.  Sheehan explains, "Sometimes the hardest part of getting into a good company is getting that first step through the door.  Kelly sometimes offers that first opportunity for an employee to get within a good employer environment and work their way into a very good full-time position."

Sheehan says more than half of their workers end up accepting full-time work.  She says Kelly Services is looking for specific talents.  "Right now in Louisville we are looking for customer service representatives, we're looking for merchandisers who will go into a retail environment and set up displays, and we're also starting our recruiting for substitute teachers for the fall."

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Wal-Mart is getting a new look this fall.  The retailer is replacing its old sign with a new logo.

Wal-Mart's new sign has blue lettering, an orange sunburst, and no more hyphen.

More than 3,000 Wal-Marts will need replacement signs

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Talk about your expensive lunches -- a Chinese fund manager bid more than $2 million for lunch with investor Warren Buffett.

The proceeds go to a San Francisco charity that runs programs for the poor and homeless.

Warren Buffett has held these charity lunch auctions for eight years, raising more than $4 million.

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