Of the more than 28,000 employers surveyed, 12% percent
anticipate an increase in staff levels in their Quarter 1 2010 hiring plans,
while 12% expect a decrease in payrolls, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook
of 0%, according to a press release. However, when seasonally adjusted, the Net
Employment Outlook becomes +6%.
Seventy-three percent of employers expect no change in
their hiring plans, the highest in the survey’s history. Three percent of
employers indicate they are undecided about their hiring intentions.
The survey found employers in Mining, Durable Goods
Manufacturing, Information, and Government expect hiring to moderately increase
in the first quarter, while slight increases are expected among employers in
Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Professional
& Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure &
Hospitality, and Other Services.
The press release said employers in two industry sectors,
Construction and Wholesale & Retail Trade, anticipate a slight decrease in
hiring levels. Financial Activities employers intend to maintain relatively
stable staff levels.
When compared to a year ago, all of the survey regions
have weaker year-over-year employment outlooks. Using the seasonally adjusted
data, all regions anticipate moderate quarter-over-quarter increases in staff
levels, with employer confidence highest in the South and Midwest.
“The data points to encouraging news. 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 Jonas Prising, Manpower president of the Americas, in the
announcement. “Employer uncertainty around hiring is shifting from whether
to consider adding staff, to when – and at what rate – to make the
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