Hiring to Remain Stable in Q2 Says CareerBuilder

April 8, 2013 – Stable hiring is expected for the second quarter as U.S. employers continue to size up a market that is producing moderate economic growth, according to CareerBuilder’s latest job forecast. Twenty-six percent of employers plan to increase full-time, permanent headcount in the next three months, similar to projections for the previous two quarters, but trending below Q2 estimates last year. But given that employers historically have been more conservative in estimates than in hiring activity, the number may come in higher at quarter’s end. Nine percent expect to downsize staff, up from six percent last year. Sixty percent anticipate no change while five percent are undecided. “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,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “We expect continued stability and improvement as the year goes on.”

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