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Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Stable ’14 Hiring Plans

Job-SearchThis just in…the new year is already looking bright and we still have a few weeks to go in ’13!

Here’s why — according to a new Manpower study, their employment outlook for 2014 looks stable and hot-hot-hot! Okay, maybe it’s not sizzling but the positive news bodes well for job seekers and employers alike.

Per the survey, U.S. employers reported a seasonally adjusted net employment outlook of 13 percent. What does this mean, really?

We’re glad you asked. Essentially, this is the strongest outlook for the first quarter since 2008 when it was 16 percent. Plus, this report seems to show hiring will be stable (and hey, whenever we hear the word hire instead of its rhyming antithesis, fire, all is right with the world, right?)

Essentially, the 13 percent is the same as this quarter and is up by one percentage point compared to last year. More than 18,000 employers were surveyed and 17 percent indicated they planned to increase staff in the first quarter.

That said, seven percent mentioned they were going to decrease their payrolls for a net outlook of 10 percent. Per their data, thanks to seasonal adjustments the net outlook results in 13 percent.

Good news indeed!

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