Friday, February 26, 2010


The encouraging news regarding the economy may be easing hiring fears, as employers signal an increase in their plans to hire in the new year, according to CareerBuilder’s 2010 Job Forecast. While employers continue to closely monitor the progress of recovery for the US economy, they are beginning to consider hiring strategies designed to preserve the health and growth of their businesses for the future. Career Builder surveyed more than 2,700 hiring managers and human resource professionals nations wide across industries.

“ There have been many signs over the past few months that point to the healing of the US economy, especially the continued decrease in the number of jobs lost per month, a trend that will hopefully carry over into the new year,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “Although 20 percent of employers plan to add headcount in 2010, up from 14 percent last year, still remains cautious in regards to their hiring, we are headed in the right direction but should not expect to see actual job growth until at least Q2 201


Twenty percent of employers plan to increase their number of full-time permanent employees in 2010, up from 14 percent in 2009. Nine percent say they plan to decrease headcount in 2010, down sharply from 16 percent in 2009. Sixty-one percent don’t plan to change staff levels, while 10 percent say they are unsure.

Eleven percent of employers plan say they pal to add part-time employers in 2010, up slightly from 9 percent in 2009. Eight percent say they plan to decrease their part-time help in 2010, down from 14 percent in 2009. Sixty-nine percent plan no change in headcount, while 13 percent are unsure.

Employers in the West are planning to increase their headcounts more in 2010 than the other regions of the country. Nearly one-quarter of employers (24 percent) in the West say they plan to add full-time workers in 2010, compared to 21 percent in the Northeast, 20 percent in the South and 16 percent in the Midwest.

While plans to decrease headcounts in 2010 are down sharply across all regions, employers in Northeast still plan to trim headcounts by 10 percent, followed by an 8 percent decrease in the South, West and Midwest.

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