Nearly three quarters of U.S. businesses (73 percent) said they intend to keep staffing levels at current levels through the first quarter of 2010, according to the staffing firm, Manpower.
Twelve percent of companies said they plan to hire in the period and an equal number said they plan to reduce staff, according to the survey.
The survey did not account for the number of positions each company expect to add or eliminate.
The numbers are an improvement from the current quarter but weaker than forecasts had predicted for the first quarter of 2010 one year ago.
“The data points to encouraging news,” said Jonas Prising, Manpower president of the Americas in a statement. “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. Employer uncertainty around hiring is shifting from whether to consider adding staff, to when – and at what rate – to make the investment.”
The industry segments reporting the highest expected hiring are Leisure & Hospitality (16 percent), Professional & Business Services (16 percent) and Wholesale & Retail Trade (16 percent). Financial Activities are also expected to grow about 10 percent. Construction, which was rocked by layoffs in 2009 is expected drop 22 percent.
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