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Report: Job Loss May Level Off

MILWAUKEE — U.S. employers plan to keep their staffing levels relatively stable during the third quarter of 2009, according to a national report.

Of the more than 28,000 employerssurveyed about their hiring plans for the third quarter of 2009, 15 percent anticipate an increase in their staff levels, while 13 percent expect a decrease in their payrolls. Sixty-seven percent of employers surveyed expect no change in their July – September hiring plans, and 5 percent of employers indicated they were undecided about their hiring intentions, the according to the quarterly report conducted  by Manpower Inc.

“While the numbers may not be as optimistic as we would like, it is positive to see no further deterioration, “said Jeffrey A. Joerres, chairman and CEO of Manpower Inc.

According to Jonas Prising, president of the Americas for Manpower Inc., the data shows continued hesitancy among employers who are watching with “guarded optimism, hoping a few quarters of stability will be the precursor to the recovery.”

The national survey data shows employers in seven of the 13 sectors surveyed expect hiring to remain relatively stable in the next quarter as compared to the previous quarter.

Employers in Construction and Wholesale & Retail Trade anticipate moderate increases, while Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing and Leisure & Hospitality employers expect a slight increase in hiring activity compared to the second quarter.

Employers in two sectors surveyed, Education & Health Services and Government, anticipate a slight decrease in hiring compared to three months ago. Employers in Durable Goods Manufacturing; Transportation & Utilities; Information; Financial Activities; Professional & Business Services; and Other Services sector employers will keep hiring levels relatively stable for the third quarter.

The West has a weaker Outlook compared to the previous quarter, while all regions have a weaker Outlook compared to one year ago at this time. Employer optimism about hiring is relatively stable in the South, Northeast and Midwest.

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