U.S. employers remain optimistic about hiring

But construction sector begins to cool
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/28/2006

The American labour market continues to be strong, according to a recent survey by staffing firm Manpower. The majority of employers in the United States will maintain staffing levels in the third quarter of 2006 while nearly one-third plans to add more staff.

“It is unlikely that we will experience any major swings, negative or positive, in the job market until employers see a dramatic change in demand for their products and services,” said Jeffrey Joerres, chairman and CEO of Manpower Inc.

Of the 16,000 U.S. employers polled for the Manpower Employment Outlook survey, 31 per cent expect to add to their payrolls during the third quarter of 2006, while six per cent expect to reduce staff levels. Fifty-seven percent expect no change in the hiring pace, while six per cent are undecided about their July to September hiring plans.