More Hiring on the Way

From the USA Today:

For the first time since the recession began, the portion of companies planning to add employees in the next six months outnumbered those expecting to cut jobs, according to this month’s quarterly survey of economists at 78 firms by the National Association for Business Economics.

Twenty-four percent plan to grow their workforce, 20% say they’ll trim staff and 57% expect no change. In July, 18% expected to add workers, while 28% said they would scale back. “It’s a little ahead of what I was expecting,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, who helped conduct the survey.

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39 Responses to “More Hiring on the Way”


  1. 1 Amanda Herrera October 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    This is good in two ways. On way is people who have jobs can relax a little knowing the company is probably done cutting back. This means the don’t have to fear as much of getting laid off(as long as they are working efficiently). Another good thing is for seniors in college who are about to graduate come late May or early June. The odds of them getting jobs have slightly increased, but it will still be competitive. Overall, this is yet again another sign of improvement for our economy!

  2. 2 Alejandro Plascencia October 26, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    The fact that the companies are deciding to add to there employee numbers means that the economy is slowly stabalizing. This means that bthe future looks bright for college students because the percent of jobs rising means more jo opportunity’s for them and a better chance for them to enter into a career related job. This also means job security and makes thw workers more efficient because they know they wont be let go if they continue working hard.

  3. 3 Larry Oppenheimer October 26, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Every time I see an article like this it feels like one more positive data point, but I’m not going to believe that there is really a recovery going on until a fair numnber of these data points have accrued over the course of at least six months.

    One reason for my skepticism is that an economic recovery can be a very fragile thing, especially in terms of the job market. Another reason is that it is often unclear from such articles exactly what the sources were, which makes it difficult to judge how much validity to grant it.

    For example, this article refers to a quarterly survey of economists at 78 firms. That’s a reasonably sized sample if each of those economists is gathering data on a number of firms in different sectors. But we don’t know anything about data on which these economists are drawing their conclusions.

    That in no way means that the article or the conclusions of the economists are not valid, only that we have no way of judging their degree of validity.

  4. 4 Ben Petersen October 27, 2009 at 7:19 AM

    This is a great sign for the economy, and everyone looking to come out of unemployment and start providing for themselves again. But the key word is “portion.” Not all companies are planning on hiring more workers, or keeping a majority. You have to remember that this is just a sample of 78 firms. There will still be plenty that will have to continue to lay workers off due to the recession. It is not just going to abruptly end like this. There is still a lot of work to do to increase the employment rates.

  5. 5 Maria Rogan October 27, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    I think this is good for those people who worry everyday that they will lose their jobs because of all the cuts lately. It is hard for those who get laid off to find another job, thus it is good that they are cutting back. Also, those who are young and are trying to find jobs, it will be easier for them. I think that there might not be a huge difference in how much more they will be hiring, but then again there might be a big enough change to help people out. Lets hope it lasts.

  6. 6 Anita Haas October 29, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    It sounds like good news, but what I’m wondering is what 78 firms did they survey? Everyone needs to realize that some jobs will not be coming back due to the advances in our technology. Yes, new jobs are opening up, but for our older workers who have been in the same work force for years and may not be as technological advanced as our up and coming generations, they face many decisions. For us college students, I don’t think we have to worry as much.

  7. 7 Carling October 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    I got my first job this past summer at a local restaurant in Portland. There were eight available spots for jobs: three hosts, one bar tender, two bussers, and two waiters. For those available spots, my boss told me that she received over 150 applicants off of Craig’s List. Fortunately, I came out with the job, but over my three months working their (I had to leave for college) three people were asked to leave due to recession. Everyday at work I could feel the tension in the air–no one wanted to be let go. Hopefully these numbers will give everyone a little hope that things are finally starting to turn around.

  8. 8 Robert Rey, Econ 100 October 31, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    I guess that’s encouraging, more companies from the survey are comfortable with hiring new workers than others. One thing I take issue about surveys like this is the vagueness of a lot of the information they deal with. For example, it would be nice to know what kind of jobs these companies represent though. Even if they amounted to low income jobs, it would still be okay with the high unemployment rate. These days it’s better than nothing. Also, I assume the information from this survey does not focus on companies with an emphasis in any particular part of the country. Of course, companies have the right to privacy for stuff like this. But for many unemployed workers, it would really help if certain people gave out subtle hints of what they’re looking for and where. A lot of people in California would really appreciate it if they are in need of skilled workers in/from that particular area.

  9. 9 Marie Moussa November 3, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    This helps employees that are in fear of loosing their job take a step back and realize that they are not in jepordy of loosing their job. This will also help the workers put more effort into everything they do. This is also good news for all college students who are worried about not being able to start their career due to the economey.

  10. 10 Nicole Hernandez November 10, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    It’s good to hear that companies are starting to re-hire, because there are a lot of people out there that don’t have jobs right now. A lot of job opportunities are going to be available now around the holiday’s and I think that is what we need to start stabilizing the economy.

  11. 11 Evan Schlinkert November 11, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    This article is good for many people to hear because the fear of losing one’s job in this economy is very prevalent. And I feel that with the holidays coming up the economy will start to turn around even if that means just a little bit. Another good point that I have seen in other comments is that graduating seniors from college will have a better chance to get jobs once they are out on their own.

  12. 12 Jennifer Tarbell November 23, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    i got my fist job over summer and luckly once my job finished at the end of summer i was offered a promotion and held that position up until a month ago when the season was over and now im being thrown out into the job searching world and its rough but its good to hear that things are starting to look up for those like me.

  13. 13 Ciara Pedroncelli November 26, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    The fact that there are jobs that are being added is a great sign. Sadly, there are still some companies that are having to cut. I think we just have to be happy that some companies are adding jobs. What more could the country ask for? Adding jobs means people will not be laid off and that there will be less people unemployed. The country just need to stay positive!

  14. 14 Hyo Kim November 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    I am very glad to hear what is happening righ tnow.
    Well, it can be the tough decisions for the companies,
    but, it has to be done to get well from this economic recession.
    Money suppose to circulate, and this is the first step.

  15. 15 Kathryn Koller November 30, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Good news! This gets rid of the stress of possibly losing a job and not being able to get another. We are slowly working our way out of this and it is good to see companies trying to expand and making the effort to keep their workers.

  16. 16 Nubia Cazares December 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    This is great news! Finally companies are hiring once again. But lets just hope that they are not just promises and dont follow through with their word. We need people to have jobs in order to lower the unemployment rate and help the economy go back up again. Lets hope that those that need jobs the most are able to find jobs in these companies. The job listings should be open to the public so everyone has an equal opportunity in getting a job.

  17. 17 eldiel December 2, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Well this is a good start to a full fledged recovery. After results from what these companies become seen I will start to believe. The more jobs, the more money people will have to spend. Not having that fear of losing your job is definitely a good thing.

  18. 18 Britany Linton December 3, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Hopefully this helps with our economy. Im glad people are getting their jobs back so they can finally relax. the more jobs means theres more money being made which means theres more money being spend which means people are buying! so lets keep it going

  19. 19 Samantha Fagundes December 4, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    I think this will be a benefit to our economy since many people won’t have to stress about their jobs as much. Also this makes it easier for people to find jobs more easily than usual. This is great especially since the holidays are here and people are needing jobs.

  20. 20 Jorge Clavijo December 4, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    I’m glad this is happening. We cannot let the recession get on top of us; we are a nation with a lots of power over others. We only need positive companies who reach of success.

  21. 21 Jacqueline Guerrero December 5, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    I think this article is a positive one for those in the work force right now. Those who have a job and stress less about losing there job due to cut backs. Even more importantly this is good news who college seniors who will be graduating this school year. This gives them hope that there will be job opportunities out there for them, although there will still be some competition. However, overall I think it’s positive news.

  22. 22 Francine Zumbo December 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    I think this could really help if enough companies were willing to hire more workers. The only problem is not everyone will be able to get a job. The job market will have a lot of competition but that will hopefully make people more efficient when it comes to their jobs.

  23. 23 Angela December 6, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    It’s good to know that more companies are hiring. For a while, companies weren’t hiring and unemployment was increasing. Fortunately, the economy is stabilizing enough to hire more employees and increase the production the good or services.
    Let’s hope that this will continue to growth and more companies are hiring or not laying off people.

  24. 24 Anna Chkhikvishvili December 6, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    That is great news because i am sure that everyone is worried about the recession. Also, it helps the firms because they have more people working for them and their production will increase. It is much better for companies to hire more workers and stop cutting back because families need someone to bring in the money to be able to buy food and in general survive. Everyone should try to help each other out, including big firms and companies.

  25. 25 Martin M December 6, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    this is extremely exciting. when all hope was gone, it seems like there actually is hope for those that are seeking for a job. I am a college student and I see this article as a positive outreach because I can be confident in finding a job after graduating. I think that all should see this as something positive because it is going to help us all in the end. Massive improvement on our economy!!

  26. 26 Margaret Garbo December 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    With the US economy in recession, it is a good thing to hear that many more citizens will be able to find jobs. Many people need income to provide not only for themselves but also for their family. With more job opportunities at bay, many more people will be eager to learn and develop specific skills in acquiring available jobs. Students will also be glad to hear that there will be less worries in finding a job hopefully part time as well as careers after graduation. This hopefully be the start of a positive incline from the downward spiral caused by the recession. Smile AMERICA

  27. 27 Sarah Reddell December 6, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    This is great news for the economy. This seems to be an indicator that the worst is in the past. We seem to be on our way up again, which is such a nice thing to read. This gives many people hope. Even as a full time student i am very excited to read this. Maybe by the time i am our of school i will be able to get a job.

  28. 28 Chris Griffiths December 7, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    This is great news because it means that not only will more people be hired but more people will be making money whcih they will then in turn spend and help stimulate business so that the business gain more money and need to spend more to keep up with increasing demand. This is a good first sign that the economey may be starting to improve and that things are being set for the recoverty to begin.

  29. 29 Justin Castro December 8, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    It is great news that companies are starting to add employees to the work force rather than lowering their numbers. This is especially good for college students who are about to graduate because there are more jobs that will become available for them, and there will be a better chance for them to enter the work force and become successful. This also means that there is better job security for current workers because they are comfortable in their positions and know that they will not be let go. It is another incentive for them to work hard.

  30. 30 wallacej December 8, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    I find this positive and good to see more hiring on the way. People struggle day to day looking for jobs that they cant get because so many people are being laid off. It is good to hear people being hired especially during a recession. It gives people a sense of hope.

  31. 31 Britany Linton December 8, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    This is great news. Hopefully it doesnt back fire and cause companies to have to lay people off because they are paying new employees too much money. This does give people a sense of hope but i find it hard to believe that there is all of a sudden room for so many extra jobs. Hopefully this doesnt get peoples hopes up and they are able to keep their new jobs.

  32. 32 Stephen Cassinelli December 8, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    This is great news for the unemployment numbers that seem to continuously rise above and beyond normal. The article above stated that within the next three months, many companies will be increasing job percentages by twenty. Even though it is not an incredibly large number, it is an increase that this economy has been in need of. Hopefully this is the start to the turn around the to the economy getting back on track. With more jobs means the unemployment rate will drop and more money will be in circulation to help stimulate the economy.

  33. 33 Vina Giang December 8, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    well its good to hear that companies are adding numbers to their staff, i mean we hear so much about how people are losing their jobs and the economy is down but when people start getting jobs its means that our economy is slowly coming back. This is also good for us as college students who are looking for jobs once we get out, things are looking up.

  34. 34 Jamie B December 8, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    This is positive news that is exciting for people who have weathered the unemployment storm so far and may allow them them to breathe a sigh of relief. This is a step in the right direction for our economy. This is really exciting for college students who are worried about the competive work world when they graduate next spring.

  35. 35 Kyle Ray December 9, 2009 at 12:42 AM

    Whenever I see statistics on people firing less people or hiring more I always wonder if its because the company is doing better or merely because they are cutting other peoples hours to help ease unemployment and keep looking successful. I do, however, agree that its better to hire more people for less hours because it keeps people from being depressed/jobless… as long as they aren’t taking my hours

  36. 36 Heinrick Devera December 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    This article seems to be saying that there is some improvement going on with businesses right now. Some businesses might be selling more and some aren’t, which explains all the hiring and jobs trimming. With more companies hiring more than laying off, it seems that people are starting to buy more. This is a good sign, even though it’s a small sign. Hopefully things will start to go back to normal soon.

  37. 37 Fr,K December 14, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    These are just business that plan on hiring in the next six months, not guaranteeing job increases. Nevertheless, things are looking up. Hopefully this will increase the sense of security and consumers will start to spend again.

  38. 38 Rochelle Galzote December 14, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Its good to see that business are improving so that people don’t have to worry about losing their job or getting hours cut back. People don’t have to stress as much now that employment is getting better. Its also good for those that are looking for a job, they have a better chance at getting hired.

  39. 39 Taylor Latt December 15, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    this is a good thing. we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. it will surely be a longer process for total recovery, but that is how the cycle goes.

    Nieman Marcus is planning to build a new store in Walnut Creek, and people are complaing that there is not enough parking. people protest anything!! i look at it as a blessing for at least a couple thousand families who will now have jobs. from construction, to retail, etc. many people will benefit from this.


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