CareerBuilder's Job Forecast Shows Better and Cautious Hiring in 2013

CareerBuilder's Job Forecast Shows Better and Cautious Hiring in 2013

January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM EDT

While analysts are predicting 2013 will be a year where more jobs are ushered in, a new report shows that U.S. employers will continue to play it safe.

CareerBuilder's annual hiring forecast shows that 26 percent of hiring managers plan to add full-time, permanent employees throughout 2013, which is up three percent over 2012.

While the number of employers adding to the headcount is increasing, so is the number planning to reduce staff. Nine percent of hiring managers are planning on reducing the number of employees, which is up seven percent from last year. 

Experts say the increase in the amount of employers letting workers go reflects a cautionary attitude toward economic recovery.

"More than 60 percent of employers reported that they are in a better financial position than last year and more than 40 percent said their sales increased over the last six months," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. "While this bodes well for job creation, employers are still assessing the implications of a weakened global market and a modest recovery at home."

Ferguson says he expects employment will continue on a path of stability and gradual growth in 2013, barring economic disruptions.

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