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Top 4 Staffing Stocks for an Improving Economy

The U.S. economy has suddenly shifted into a higher gear, and "help wanted" signs are popping up at many more companies. That's great news for the whole staffing industry, but these four firms could benefit more than most.

More Employers More Are 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.

U.S. Employment Prospects Improve, Survey Says

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. 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.

Negative Attitudes Straining Worker Productivity

About 60% of those polled in a recent survey said negativity is making it more difficult for employees to stay focused. Criticism, gossip and lack of teamwork are all contributing to reduced productivity, the poll found.

The Growing Mismatch Between Jobs and Skills

In the U.S., 52% of companies report problems attracting critical-skill employees. Some of the hottest jobs over the next 10 to 15 years require tech skills that aren't gained at traditional manufacturing jobs. Here are some strategy's for getting those skills.

Temp Market Shows Hints of a Hiring Revival

While the U.S. unemployment rate has remained frustratingly high, the sector specializing in short-term and freelance jobs has taken on a split personality of sorts. Demand for contractors is ticking upward, but pay rates are going the other way.

Time for Staffing Company Stocks?

Investors should ignore the broader jobs debate and hone in on one aspect that seems indisputably strong: the pickup in temp hiring. And more hiring in that area could be good for Manpower and Robert Half International.