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Study finds slight increase in summer hiring plans

Posted on May 21st, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

CareerBuilder's annual Summer Jobs Forecast is out and the number of employers planning to hire temporary workers is up. 

The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive from February to March 2013, found 29 percent of employers will increase staff this summer. Although 2012 saw 29 percent as well, the number of employers looking to employ short-term staff during the warmer months is up from the average of 21 percent from 2008 to 2011. The numbers reflect the slow economic recovery from the recession's low staffing numbers. 

Forty-seven percent of companies in the hospitality industry project to increase hiring to stay staffed during the busy summer months. Manufacturing will see a boost in short-term employees, with 34 percent of employers saying they plan to employ workers during June, July and August. Temporary employees in information technology (IT) and retail are also set to increase.

Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America, said the strong numbers show a rise in economic confidence from employers and hopes to see many workers stay on past the summer.

"Seasonal work –whether in retail or engineering – is also a good entry point into the labor force for job seekers, as a vast majority of employers – 67 percent – will consider summer hires for permanent positions," Rasmussen said.

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