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U.S. Employers Plan to Hire More Workers in Q1 2012

U.S. Employers Plan to Hire More Workers in Q1 2012

A recent survey conducted by Manpower indicates U.S. employers are expecting to boost staffing during the first quarter of 2012, a signal that the overall economic outlook may be brightening.

Bloomberg reports the company's employment index jumped to 9 percent, its highest level since 2008, and up from the 7 percent level seen from October to December. The index increased for the first time in a year, the company said.

The survey noted an employment increase could spark consumer spending, but warned the debt crisis in Europe and budget issues in the U.S. may limit the hiring plans of companies, according to the news source.

"Slow-but-steady momentum has improved employer confidence," Jonas Prising, president of the Americas for Milwaukee-based Manpower, said in a statement. While "this uptick is encouraging," there remains "continued uncertainty about the future and ongoing caution when it comes to staffing plans," he added.

The positive survey comes after the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported the unemployment rate has fallen to 8.6 percent, its lowest level since early 2009. 

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