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4th Q Temp, Perm Hiring ‘Most Optimistic’ Since Recession


Staffing and temp hiring will continue to be robust during this last quarter of 2012, a new survey from CareerBuilder predicts. Besides finding that fully a third of employers expect to add temp staff from now to the end of the year, the survey said 26 percent of employers expect to be adding permanent, full-time workers to their payrolls.

The permanent hiring percentage rivals that for the same quarter pre-recession, and is a full 5 points higher than the 21 percent last year who predicted their company would be adding permanent staff.

“This is the most optimistic fourth quarter projection since 2007,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “We’re seeing continued evidence of stability and growth in the U.S. job market.  A dramatic upswing in hiring is not likely to happen in the near term, but we’re setting the stage for better job creation in 2013 and beyond.”

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Jobs Improvement Seen As ADP Reports 162,000 Added In September


Two days before the U.S. government releases its official estimate of September’s job growth and employment, payroll processor ADP says the economy added 162,000 private sector non-farm jobs last month, most of them coming from businesses with fewer than 500 workers.

Economists in surveys by various business news services, had , on average, expected the ADP number to be closer to 150,000. The report also adjusted down its initial count for August to 189,000, a reduction of 12,000, and cut July’s numbers by 12,000 to 156,000.

Although the count rarely jibes with the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ADP’s National Employment Report is looked to by economists and the financial markets as an early indicator of what the official numbers might show. Economists are, on average, predicting September produced a net jobs increase in the range of 110,000 to 120,000. The BLS will issue its preliminary numbers Friday.

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Ask Barb: Getting Your Team Back On Track

Ask Barb

Dear Barb:

In the past year I left my niche and switched over to IT, which was a disaster for my business. We’re now back placing in manufacturing and things have picked up. However, my team lost so much momentum that I don’t know if we can pull out a strong quarter. As the owner, I feel very scattered and don’t know where to focus myself or my team.

I would appreciate it if you would give me three things you would do, if you were me.

Pat F., Valdosta, GA