According to CareerBuilder’s annual forecast, 25 percent of managers planned to increase hiring in 2012.

The Press-Enterprise notes that this optimism is possibly due to increased consumer spending this past holiday season, which brought in 15 percent more revenue than in 2010. Thus, companies that shipped and sold goods via ecommerce purchases and remote warehouses needed to hire more staff to handle orders.

What's more, an increased amount of companies – especially in the manufacturing and industrial sectors where skilled workers are few and far between – have committed to retraining potential workers by partnering with trade schools and colleges.

Businesses are also now losing workers who felt "stuck" in their current jobs because of the wariness created by the economy about landing a new position. Increased confidence has led to many of these disgruntled employees leaving their current jobs, creating vacancies that need to be filled.

Lastly, many firms that outsourced contract workers overseas are cutting ties because of complications with quality control and rising transportation costs. Also, some managers feel a certain "patriotic duty" to put Americans back to work. 

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