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A survey released Wednesday by CareerBuilder.com and USA Today found 29% of U.S. employers plan to add full-time employees in the second quarter. Fifty-nine percent planned no change while 6% intended to cut staff. Another 6% were unsure.
"The job loss reported in the first quarter signified a gradual deceleration in recruitment in the U.S. as the nation's economy downshifted," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.com. "In the next three months, employers anticipate marginal change in their hiring pace. While some industries are experiencing a contraction in employment levels, areas such as information technology, healthcare, professional and business services, and sales continue to add full-time jobs."
In IT, 45% of employers expected to add full-time staff, according to the survey.
The online survey questioned 2,757 hiring managers and 6,897 employees between Feb. 11 and March 13.