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US – ManpowerGroup Survey: U.S. Hiring Trends Up

US – ManpowerGroup Survey:  U.S. Hiring Trends Up

December 11, 2012

U. S. employers expect increased hiring in the first quarter compared to the
same period a year ago, according to the first-quarter 2013 Manpower employment
outlook Survey released today by ManpowerGroup, Inc. The outlook is the
strongest first-quarter data collected since 2008, and is significantly
stronger than the weakest first quarter outlook in the history of the survey,
reported in 2010.

“The exciting news is that the outlook has been stable or shown positive growth
for 15 months,” said Melanie Holmes, a vice president at ManpowerGroup.

Among U.S. employers surveyed, 17% expect to add to their workforces and 8%
expect a decline in payrolls during first quarter 2013. 72% of employers
anticipate making no change to staff levels and the remaining 3% are undecided
about hiring plans in the first quarter. This results in a net employment
outlook of 9%, or 12% on a seasonally adjusted basis.

“The outlook has shown no setbacks over the last 15 quarters, which reflects an
ongoing state of rebuilding as employers learn to function within a state of
volatility,” said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president. “Over the past few
years, we have seen continued incremental growth in hiring projections, which
reinforces this job growth, is slow but sustained.”

ManpowerGroup’s employment outlook survey includes responses from more than
18,000 U.S. employers. This quarter’s survey was conducted prior to Hurricane
Sandy. Therefore, the data does not reflect the storm’s impact on anticipated
hiring decisions.

In Canada, the seasonally adjusted net employment outlook is 13%, a slight
increase when compared to the outlook reported in the previous quarter. This
outlook is also a one percentage point drop from the Outlook reported during
the same time last year.

“Canada is a little stronger than we are,” said Holmes. “Canada’s outlook
represents a continued steady trend that we expect to remain favorable.”

13% of the more than 1,900 Canadian employers surveyed, plan to increase their
payrolls in the first quarter of 2013, while 7% anticipate cutbacks. Of
employers surveyed, 78% expect to maintain current staffing levels while 2% are
unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.

“Job seekers in all regions, except Quebec, are likely to benefit from a
hopeful hiring climate from January through March, with employers in Western
Canada and the Maritimes reporting the most positive outlook,” said Byrne Luft,
vice president of operations, for Manpower Canada. “With regional outlooks
experiencing slight increases compared to the previous quarter, job seekers
should maintain confidence in the labor market as employers throughout Canada
anticipate the hiring pace will remain steady through the winter. Most of the
new jobs created in Canada this year have been full-time positions. This
continuation of the trend toward full-time employment is an encouraging sign.”

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