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December 9, 2009

1st Quarter Jobs Expected to Stay Steady

Filed under: General HR Buzz,Hiring & Jobs10:01 am

According to Manpower Inc., U.S. employers indicate the first quarter of 2010 will be a break-even quarter on jobs gained and lost.

Manpower surveyed 28,000 employers. Twelve percent indicated they would add jobs in the first quarter and 12 percent indicated they would reduce staff, Manpower said.

The good news is that the bulk of employers, 73 percent, indicated they would keep staff levels the same.

“A record number of employers plan to keep staff levels stable, which is good for the employed, and an overall positive outlook means expanding opportunities for job seekers,” said Manpower President Jonas Prising.  “Employer uncertainty around hiring is shifting from whether to consider adding staff, to when — and at what rate — to make the investment.”

The survey included employers in a mix of U.S. industries and carried a margin of error of plus and minus 0.49 percentage points, Manpower said.



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