Survey Indicates Employers Most Optimistic About Hiring Since Before Great Recession

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The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the third quarter finds a positive trend in hiring plans.

ManpowerGroup's Chris Layden says the results showed "measured levels of improvement across all labor segments." He says the momentum has been building over the last five years.

Of more than 18,000 employers surveyed, 22 percent expected to increase staffing in the July-to-September period. Those expecting staff reductions were just four percent, among the lowest in survey history.

Seasonally adjusted, the net gain is 14 percent -- the strongest hiring confidence since 2008.