Labor Market Continues to Send Mixed Signals

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Published in SHRM October 22, 2009 by Steve Bates 
 
 HR professionals are gaining confidence in the U.S. job market. They hope to start hiring again. They just don’t know when.
One-third of HR professionals surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have some level of concern about the U.S. job market for the fourth quarter of 2009, with 35 percent saying that they are somewhat optimistic and 4 percent declaring themselves very optimistic about job growth in the nation for the last three months of the year. That’s a big change from the first quarter of 2009, when 73 percent of survey respondents expressed some level of pessimism.

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