More Employers More Likely to Hire in Second Quarter The nation's employers are slowly becoming more positive about the economy, with a greater number of businesses planning to add jobs in the second quarter and fewer planning layoffs, according to a new survey released Tuesday by Manpower (MAN).

Among the more than 18,000 employers polled in its latest survey, Milwaukee-based Manpower found 16% of companies expect to increase staff levels during the three-month period that begins April 1, up from 14% during the first quarter. Meanwhile, just 6% of employers expect to lay off workers, a decline from 10% during the first three months of the year.

According to Manpower's own measures, the survey results show a seasonally adjusted net employment outlook of 8%, consistent with the previous three months. That percentage is higher than the second-quarter 2010, when it stood at 6%.

"The Same Measured Hiring Pace"

That's more good news for the tens of millions of Americans who are still without work. Last week, the Labor Department reported employers created 192,000 jobs in February, and the nation's overall unemployment rate fell to 8.9%.

Still, the Manpower survey found that 74% of employers aren't planning to do any new hiring in the coming quarter -- though they aren't planning any layoffs, either. The remaining 4% of survey participants were unsure about their hiring plans.

"We should see the same measured hiring pace in the U.S. as we did in the first quarter," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, Manpower chairman and CEO, in a statement released with the latest findings. "However, unadjusted industry sector data reveals some positive signs." Among them, Joerres noted, "is a notable uptick in the Manufacturing-Durables sector where nearly one in five employers expect to increase payrolls."


Of the 13 business sectors represented in the survey, all expect improvements in hiring during the second quarter, with
mining and the leisure and hospitality industries expressing the most optimism. Employers in 10 of the 13 industry sectors expect hiring to increase from three months ago, Manpower said.

The survey showed that confidence among U.S. businesses is spreading geographically, with the strongest hiring expected in Western states, where expectations for new-job creation are the highest they've been since the final months of 2008.

Compared to one year ago, a slight increase in employment prospects is expected in the Midwest, South and West, while the Northeast is steady, Manpower said. Moving into the second quarter, employers in the Northeast, South and West report relatively stable hiring conditions, compared to the previous quarter, while employers in the Midwest expect a slight drop in employment plans.


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inasctg56

The gop's idea of smaller govt is not being placed where it should be. They want to cut IRS because they were just given the resources to go after offshore accounts with over 14,000 coming forward before the October 2009 deadline, as well as so called offshore corporate headquarters. This is why the gop wants cuts to the IRS. THey also want to do away with the EPA when halliburton is polluting wells and waterways from natural gas infraction. They already passed legislation in 2004 that exempted halliburton from all clean water acts because of this. THey need to address waste, fraud, and military spending. The republican governor of Florida was head of corporation that stole millions from medicare and was fined over a billion dollars - but was he prosecuted? Hell no - he ran for governor and won.

March 13 2011 at 5:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
scottee

we need smaller government, fewer and simpler taxes, and free markets for jobs to be created. I just want both parties in congress to stop legislating everything for us while exempting themselves. bit by bit, dollar by dollar, law by law, they are complicating our lives, making things more expensive, and whittling away our freedom.

March 10 2011 at 7:52 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
inasctg56

Manufacturing gains for 19 months, double digit export gains due to better trade agreements and enforcing existing trade laws, economists and business forecasts over 2 million job gains for 2011. And now the gop is trying to stop our economic recovery by cutting jobs and wages while handing over tax cuts to corporations. Just announced today Bank of America paid zero federal income tax and the other big banks paid only 11% so I don't want to hear about the so called 35% tax rate. And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wants to return the 2004 tax rate of 5.25% for overseas profits. Go figure?

March 09 2011 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
inasctg56

Proving once again the democrats policies and legislation works.

March 08 2011 at 11:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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scottee

no, smaller government and fewer taxes and less government intervention...please

March 10 2011 at 7:53 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
inasctg56

reply to alfrankenfarce: You realize you just insulted at least half the population. And the republicans I know take advantage of every social program out there. If they're so against them, then don't take them. I.E. Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, etc. Hell, if it was up to corporate america and the gop we wouldn't have national parks.

March 08 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fpfp040408

United States Department of Labor stated that unemployment is way down and CURRENTLY is 8.9 % ( go to www.dol.gov for 100% proof & confirmation of this FACT )

See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/i84Sof

March 08 2011 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bohemianacres

Come on, Dave. "Planning to" is a far cry from "is presently hiring". The only aspect of this story which is believeable is the known fact companies are sitting on 2 trillion dollars of profit. And these companies also know the Feds are going to relieve the national debt by increasing taxes. Being unemployment is still high, the Feds are going to go to places were the money is. And that 2 trillion looks like the golden egg right about now. So yes, companies and businesses are going to say they will do more hiring in the immediate future. They may as well use the 2 trillion to hire more people which would not only relieve the unemployment but help increase profits for their own business by selling more of their products. It "recession" in reverse.

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YEAH RIGHT!

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Trevor

Yeah right?

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