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Twenty-seven percent of employers said they plan to add staff in the fourth quarter, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com and USA Today. Six percent expected to cut staff and 62% anticipated no change.
"Given the housing slump and tight credit market, caution is to be expected when it comes to hiring in the fourth quarter," said CareerBuilder.com CEO Matt Ferguson. "While employers are keeping a watchful eye on economic indicators, they are still planning to expand staffs at a steady pace and are actively competing for qualified labor. Forty-four percent of employers said they currently have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates."
The CareerBuilder.com and USA Today survey questions more than 2,700 hiring manager sand human resource professionals at private sector companies.