Balance Between Optimistic, Pessimistic and Pragmatic In New Jobs Outlook Survey From SHRM

50% of respondents to the SHRM (Society For Human Resource Management) Jobs Outlook Survey (April-June, 2013) have some level of confidence in the U.S. job market for the second quarter of 2013 and expect job growth.

SHRM reports that 41% are somewhat optimistic about job growth in the United States, and another 9% are very optimistic and anticipate job growth during the quarter. That represents a modest increase from the SHRM fourth quarter of 2012 survey, when 45% of respondents expressed some level of optimism about job growth in the labor market. It is also a slight drop from the second quarter of 2012, when 58% of respondents expressed some level of optimism about job creation.

In the second quarter of 2013, 44% of companies will conduct hiring, up from 35% in the second quarter of 2012 according to SHRM. Among employer categories, medium-sized companies (those with 100 to 499 employees) will be the most likely to add jobs (47% of those surveyed) in the second quarter.

Participants to the survey report that in the first quarter of 2013, 49% of companies added jobs, up from 40% in the first quarter of 2012. Another 11% decreased staffing levels in the first quarter of 2013, nearly unchanged from 10% a year ago.

The SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey (JOS) Report examines hiring and recruiting trends twice annually in the United States. It is based on a survey of more than 400 public and private-sector human resource professionals with a direct role in the staffing decisions at their respective companies. Respondents come from small, medium and large companies from around the U.S. and belong to a variety of for-profit, non-profit and government entities.

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