The outlook for the U.S. job market has improved, with more employers planning to take on new staff in the first quarter of 2011 and fewer planning cuts, according to a survey by staffing agency Manpower (MAN).

U.S. hiring plans are improved from three months ago and one year ago, Manpower said in a statement. Still, most employers said they did not plan to take on additional staff.

"Seasonally adjusted data for the United States indicates the most optimistic first-quarter hiring sentiment in three years; yet 73 percent of employers indicate they will keep staff levels unchanged," said Manpower CEO Jeffrey A. Joerres. "Only time will tell if we've reached the inflection point in the U.S. labor market recovery."

U.S unemployment rose to 9.8% last month, from 9.6% in October. Employers in manufacturing shed workers as did state and local governments.

The underemployment rate, which measures workers in part-time jobs who would like a full-time post and people who have given up looking for a job, held at 17%.

The Manpower report was more optimistic about employment prospects in exporting countries including China and Germany.

Expectations were dimmest in European countries such as Ireland, Greece and Romania.

"The bright spot in Europe continues to be Germany, where the unemployment rate is at its lowest in 18 years," Joerres said.






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Frank

The problem here is that 73% of companies have no plans of adding jobs. I don't know what the answer is..but the "best and brightest" better start coming up with some solutions. Enough of the BS...its time for solutions and action.

December 08 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wurkinman1

The longer the unemployment benefits get extended...the longer people will stay out of work//its fact...NOT ALL people, i mind you just a good portion...take advantage of their benefits....

December 07 2010 at 8:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pete

Sounds good, but we'll see. This administration has pulled every dirty trick in the book to BS the public about the economy. They have even ordered that people already employed who are given a raise or promotion be counted as a "job saved or created." That is just plain lying thru their teeth. I have road signs all over the place here claiming ALL the road work is because of obama, but most of the work was done before he even ran. When considering the length of time required to do environmental studies, planning, hiring crews, archetict drawings and changes, processing permits, and every thing else, I doubt any thing begun under obama can see a shovel until 2015!

December 07 2010 at 11:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pete

Sounds good, but we'll see. This administration has pulled every dirty trick in the book to BS the public about the economy. They have even ordered that people already employed who are given a raise or promotion be counted as a "job saved or created." That is just plain lying thru their teeth. I have road signs all over the place here claiming ALL the road work is because of obama, but most of the work was done before he even ran. When considering the length of time required to do environmental studies, planning, hiring crews, archetict drawings and changes, processing permits, and every thing else, I doubt any thing begun under obama can see a shovel until 2015!

December 07 2010 at 11:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rb

Another BS survey.... It's always the questions and how they are asked. Many of these 'surveys' are designed with an outcome in mind. VERY ARTIFICIAL

December 07 2010 at 10:09 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
druid0621

We'll see. But until the Dems are completely neutered, I don't see much hope. Their tax and spend nonsense has killed us for 80 years - they are responsible for the vast majority of the National Debt - from the New Deal and Great Society crap alone.

December 07 2010 at 9:15 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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