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Second Quarter Hiring Outlook Strong

Second Quarter Hiring Outlook Strong

Signs that the U.S. economy is on a clear path to recovery continue to appear as CareerBuilder's latest survey found the hiring outlook for the second quarter is similar to pre-recession levels.

According to the survey, conducted between February 9 and March 2 and including responses from more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals, 30 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff between April and June.

This follows a strong first quarter, during which one-third of employers brought on new permanent workers, similar to 2007 figures.

"We have moved from an anemic job market to one that is stable and growing," Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, said in a release. "While still cautious, employers are feeling better about the state of the U.S. economy and the debt situation in Europe."

In addition to full-time, permanent staff additions, 34 percent of human resources professionals said they expect their company to hire contract workers during the second quarter, the study found.

The CareerBuilder survey is on par with the latest employment figures from ADP, which estimated the U.S. added 209,000 workers last month.