Hiring to Remain Steady in Q2 According to CareerBuilder

April 4, 2014 – The U.S. jobs outlook for the second quarter is akin to last year’s forecast, but certain industries are expected to outperform the national average for hiring, according to CareerBuilder’s latest job forecast. The number of manufacturing employers planning to add full-time, permanent headcount increased three percentage points over Q2 2013 and beat the national average for this year’s forecast by seven percentage points. Information technology, financial services, professional and business services and healthcare are also among industries projected to lead in job creation. Twenty-six percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent staff in the second quarter, on par with last year while eight percent of employers expect to downsize staff, down from nine percent last year. Sixty-one percent anticipate no change while five percent are undecided. “While employment has not yet reached an ideal level, the U.S. is moving closer to the tipping point for substantial job growth,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO. “The economy is expanding, the housing market is recovering, consumer confidence is up and companies are starting to tap into cash reserves to invest – these are all good signs. As these trends strengthen, we expect hiring to hold steady in the second quarter and gain ground in the back half of the year.”

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