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Job Seekers May Have Luck in Early 2013

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you've been looking for a job, you may have some luck early next year.

The employment firm Manpower says 17 percent of American businesses plan on hiring new workers in the first three months of 2013.

"Twelve of the 13 industry super sectors that we survey actually said that they would add.  So we've got wholesale and retail trades, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, information, financial activity, education and health services," Beth Herman of Manpower tells ABC News Radio.

The vast majority of employers, however, said they would keep their staff level the same.  While that doesn't help the unemployed, Herman says it's a relief.

"We're not adding but we also don't plan to cut.  We don't plan to cut because we're confident that we can hold on to this team.  We can meet the payroll.  We can make a profit.  We have enough business today.  We have enough business in our pipeline to justify the staff level we have," she says.

As tepid as the labor market may be, Herman says there have been no setbacks in hiring in the last 15 quarters.  Companies are adding to their payrolls at a slow pace.

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