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One in Five HR Managers Plans Q4 Hires

Twenty percent of human-resource managers said they still plan to add staff positions in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the most recent “Labor Market Outlook” from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Fifty-nine percent said they plan to hold maintain current staffing levels in Q4, and 14 percent said they will continue to cut jobs.

Of those companies planning to hire, large companies will hire an average of 99 workers, medium-size companies will hire roughly 29 workers, and smaller companies will hire 12 workers.

The bottom-line effect on hiring is unclear: Seven percent of respondents said they were “not sure” of their hiring plans in the fourth quarter, 14 percent will cut jobs, and 59 percent will maintain staffing levels, according to the LMO.

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