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CAREERBUILDER Q2 US JOB FORECAST (reprinted from CareerBuilder)

 

'The U.S. job market is in a better place today, but concerns over spending cuts, wavering global economies and other factors are weighing on employers’ minds. We expect continued stability and improvement as the year goes on.  When we look at listings on careerBuilder.com, job growth isn’t confined to technology and healthcare and other areas that have fared well post-recession.  The rebound in the housing sector is having a positive influence on job creation for related industries that have been struggling.”

— Matt Ferguson, CeO of CareerBuilder

 

Looking ahead, 26 percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent staff in the second quarter, down from 30 percent last year. given that employers historically have been more conservative in estimates than hiring activity, the number may come in higher at quarter end.

nine percent expect to downsize staff, up from 6 percent last year.  sixty percent anticipate no change while 5 percent are undecided.

 

Hiring in companies of all sizes – while down from q2 2012 – will continue at a steady pace into the middle of the year.

Hiring by Company size: 50 or fewer employees  |  17 percent plan to add  full-time, permanent staff in q2, down from 20 percent last year; those reducing headcount increased to 6 percent in 2013 from 5 percent last year.

 

In the second Quarter (Apr. 1- Jun. 30, 2013) is:

 

250 or fewer employees  |  21 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in q2, down from 22 percent last year; those reducing headcount increased to 7 percent in 2013 from 5 percent last year.

 

500 or fewer employees   |  22 percent plan to add  full-time, permanent staff in q2, down from 25 percent last year; those reducing headcount increased to 8 percent in 2013 from 5 percent last year.

 

More tHan 500 employees   |  33 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in q2, down from 38 percent last year; those reducing headcount increased to 10 percent in 2013 from 7 percent last year.