Okay, I really am trying to find good HR news to feature in my weekly HR Fact Friday posting. Sadly, it's just not happening. Even with the statement earlier this week by a top U.S. government official that the recession is “probably” over I just can't take the glass half full viewpoint. And I am in marketing. That's my job! I am generally an optimistic person but when it comes to the economy, the only statistic that means anything to the millions of laid off workers across the country is the number of new jobs being added to payrolls. The recession will “probably” be over when hiring for new jobs exceeds layoffs. Projections are that that tipping point will not happen for quite some time. Case in point . . .
There are more employers who expect a decrease in their payrolls over the next 3 months than there are e
mployers who expect an increase, according to a survey of 28,000 employers by Manpower, Inc.
While 12 percent of respondents said they expected to increase staff from October through December, 14 percent of employers said they expected to decrease payrolls. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they expected no changes to their payrolls.
“The hiring intentions of U.S. companies continue to be sluggish,” said Jeff Joerres, chairman and CEO of Manpower. “While there are areas within the U.S. which are showing an uptick, we have yet to see the robust hiring intentions that would indicate a full labor market recovery.”
After seasonal adjustment, Manpower's Net Employment Outlook for the fourth quarter of 2009 is -3%, the weakest in the history of the survey, which began in 1962.
Source: HR.BLR.com Sept. 10, 2009