While the gains may be small, they’re still gains: U.S. employers, according to a Manpower survey, intend to do some modest hiring in the first quarter of 2011. The seasonally adjusted results of the “Manpower Employment Outlook Survey,” conducted quarterly, indicate that anticipated hiring is up by 9%. That’s up from 5% in the same period last year, and 5% in Q4 of 2010.
The surveys indicate five straight quarters of increases, and reflect anticipated stability in existing employment, with 7 out of 13 industries surveyed expecting relative stability compared to Q4 of 2010.
While 14% of employers surveyed anticipate increasing staffing in Q1 2011, 10% expect to reduce staffing; that results in a net employment outlook of 4%. That becomes 9% when seasonally adjusted.