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Survey: 2012 Jobs Market Looks 'Cautiously Optimistic'

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The jobs market for 2012 is looking "cautiously optimistic," according to a new survey out Wednesday.

CareerBuilder's annual job forecast finds that 23 percent of employers surveyed expect to hire full-time, permanent employees next year. And although the prediction is relatively unchanged from 2011's 24 percent, the job hunting website predicts hiring in 2012 will come on top.

"Historically, our surveys have shown that employers are more conservative in their predictions than actual hiring," CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson said in a statement.  "Barring any major economic upsets, we expect 2012 to bring a better hiring picture than 2011, especially in the second half of the year."

[Click here to read the full press release]

CareerBuilder says the improvement is expected to be notable among small businesses, which have been showing an increase in confidence.

"Plans to downsize actually dropped [two percentage points] across all small business segments and then we saw some movement in hiring," says Jennifer Grasz with CareerBuilder.

The survey's sunny results will likely come as little comfort to the millions of Americans who are still out of work in the sputtering economy; experts say the recent drop in the national unemployment rate reflects a large number of frustrated jobless Americans who have simply given up looking for work.

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Survey: Most CEOs Say They Won't Be Hiring Through Mid-2012

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Most of the big wheels who run corporate America aren't optimistic about your employment prospects in 2012.

In fact, a survey by The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from leading U.S. companies, finds that two-thirds of bosses either plan to freeze hiring or actually cut staff from January through June.

Their reasons are pretty simple: the economic climate hasn't gotten much better in the U.S. and it's getting worse over in Europe.

On the bright side, close to a third of Business Roundtable CEOs say they plan to take on new hires during the first two quarters of the year as well as purchase large equipment.

However, just about everyone is downhearted about economic expansion for 2012, which is only predicted to be around two percent -- a figure not good enough to produce new jobs.

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Hiring to Increase Slightly at Start of New Year, Survey Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- Fourteen percent of bosses across the country plan to add jobs in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday by the ManpowerGroup.

“All four geographic regions that we surveyed report a positive hiring outlook for the first quarter of 2012,” explains Manpower vice president Melanie Holmes. “The Midwest is the strongest, and the West is the weakest.”

“Twelve of the 13 industry sectors that we surveyed have a positive outlook,” Holmes said. “Mining tops the list, followed by leisure and hospitality, wholesale and resale trade and professional and business services.” Only one industry sector -- construction -- is still negative, and that's because of the housing slump.

While the report offers an optimistic outlook for next year, Holmes says there’s plenty of room for improvement.

“When business is really good and the economy is healthy, our net employment outlook can be in the 20s -- and it’s in single digits currently,” Holmes said. “Historically we're not as positive as we'd like to be -- but again, the trend is going in the right direction. For nine straight quarters we've shown a positive hiring outlook.”

“When seasonal variations are removed from the survey results, the Net Employment Outlook for Quarter 1 2012 is +9%, an increase from the +7% Outlook during Quarter 4 2011, and stable compared to one year ago when the Outlook was +8%,” the report says. “This represents the most promising hiring Outlook since 2008.”

Manpower surveyed 18,000 employers for their latest report, which is released every three months.

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Strong Holiday Shopping Numbers May Result in More Hiring

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the holiday shopping season already in full swing, retailers are looking to add more employees to their work forces as the demand from shoppers continues to remain strong, a new survey finds.

As employment expert John Challenger with the jobs firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas notes, "Stronger than expected sales on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday resulted in a strong jump in hiring in November and that could push on into December."

Many retailers wait until they see how crowded their stores are and "then they add workers to accommodate those needs," he explains.

Last month, Challenger says retail hiring rose 27 percent compared to the same time last year.

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103,000 New Jobs Added in September; Unemployment Still Stuck at 9.1%

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- After falling flat the month before, the number of jobs added in the U.S. rose in September, sending U.S. stock futures up ahead of Friday's opening bell.

The Department of Labor reported Friday that 103,000 jobs were added last month, better than the approximately 60,000 most economists had expected.  That's up from August, when the department originally reported zero jobs were added to employers' payrolls -- a first since 1945.  The number has since been revised to 57,000.

Still, the latest figure wasn't enough to change the unemployment rate, which has been holding steady at 9.1 percent for the past three months.

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Millions of New Jobs Possible as US Manufacturing Makes Comeback

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Two million to three million U.S. jobs could be created in the next five years as "Made in America" manufacturing becomes more economical in the United States, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group.

"About 10 years ago, we started outsourcing things like appliances and computers, and a significant amount of goods that make up a lot of U.S. manufacturing," said Harold Sirkin, lead author of the study.  "That's now changing because of what's going on in China.  Wages are rising rapidly, and U.S. [labor] is four times as productive as Chinese labor."

"So as China labor goes up in price, it becomes more economical to produce goods in the U.S.," Sirkin said.

The study found that the sectors most likely to return would be transportation goods, electrical equipment/appliances, furniture, plastics and rubber products, machinery, fabricated metal products and computers/electronics.  They account for about $2 trillion in U.S. consumption per year and nearly 70 percent of U.S. imports from China.

According to the Boston Consulting Group, these industries could add $100 billion in output to the U.S. economy and lower the U.S. nonoil trade deficit by 25 percent to 35 percent.

Sirkin said a "tipping point" in which certain goods would be more economical to make in the United States, had already started.

"It's still slow, but companies are moving goods back from China, back to the United States," he said.  "A few days ago Ford announced that they were moving 12,000 jobs back from Mexico and China because of an agreement with [the United Auto Workers] -- that makes those jobs productive."

He said more and more companies were deciding that "Made in America" simply made more sense.

One of those companies is tire maker Continental AG, which announced Thursday that it was building a half-billion-dollar plant in Sumter Counter, S.C.  The new plant would manufacture car and truck tires for the U.S. car market, and bring 1,600 jobs to the area.  It is a major turnaround in an industry that for the past decade has seen plants shuttered in the U.S. in favor of overseas operations.

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Best Buy Plans to Hire Fewer Seasonal Workers This Year

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- After Toys 'R Us and Macy's sent word of aggressive hiring plans for this holiday season, Best Buy announced Tuesday it's going the opposite way.

The consumer electronics chain says it will hire 15,000 seasonal workers -- half the number it hired last year.

The drop in positions may be more of a statement about Best Buy than about the overall economy: the company was recently advised to rethink its business model after it cut its earnings forecast.

Best Buy also says it will add more than 3,000 employees at its phone support and distribution centers to provide customer support and manage inventory.

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Macy's to Hire 78,000 Workers for 2011 Holiday Shopping Season

Ben Hider/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The economy may be down but at least one department store chain is planning for a robust 2011 holiday shopping season.

Macy's announced Monday that it plans to 78,000 people to work the holidays on sales floors, in call centers and at shipping hubs.  The latest plans marks a 4 percent increase in seasonal hiring from last year's 75,000 workers.

"We always hire aggressively during the holidays to ensure our customers are well-served in this important shopping period.  We expect additional hiring this year given the continued sales growth in our business -- both in-store and online," said Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren.

Macy's will begin hiring for store sales positions next month.  Hiring in distribution centers and store receiving has already begun.

Most of the positions will be part-time, however, the department store notes that some employees hired for the holidays may be offered year-round work depending on their skill and performance levels.

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Hello, You’re Fired: Yahoo CEO and Breakup Etiquette

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SUNNYVALE, Calif.) -- Like any breakup, firing an employee can be hard to do. But when Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was fired over the phone by Chairman Roy Bostock, she decided not to go quietly.  She informed the entire company about it in an email.

“To all,” Bartz wrote, “I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward.”

Bartz succeeded co-founder Jerry Yang in January 2009 to lead the Internet company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Michelle Goodman, workplace columnist, said a firing situation that could be worse in terms of etiquette is learning the news by accident. That could happen when a company is planning layoffs secretly or in a hurry. She said the phone firing was surprising, considering the high stature of Bartz and the care companies usually deploy in crafting press releases for management changes.

“At least it wasn’t a text or email but it strikes me as warranting a face-to-face meeting,” Goodman said. “Maybe it’s old school, but etiquette dictates that.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Kara Swisher reported Bartz and Bostock were flying separately on the East Coast and did not have the chance to meet.

According to the Yahoo press release, the board appointed Timothy Morse interim chief executive, “effective immediately, replacing Carol Bartz, who has been removed by the Board from her role as Chief Executive Officer.”

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Who's Hiring? CareerBuilder Lists Top 10 Companies

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The U.S. may not have added jobs in August, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at 9.1 percent, but there are companies that are hiring.

Online jobs site released a list of the top 10 companies taking on new employees in the U.S. and the world, drawn on data collected within the past two weeks.

At the top of the list is moving and storage company U-Haul in Phoenix.  A company spokeswoman said it has approximately 1,000 field positions and about 75 corporate jobs open.

Perhaps the company’s success attests to the growing mobility of the U.S. population.  According to the company, which has offered services for “do-it-yourself moving households” since 1945, one in five people move each year and the average person moves 11 times in a lifetime.

“Unfortunately, the economy is not yet consistently producing jobs in a healthy range each month, which is necessary to bring down the unemployment rate,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said.  “The encouraging news, however, is that today there are companies looking to add a large volume of new employees in a variety of positions, and we expect this trend to continue through the remainder of the year.”

Here is CareerBuilder’s list of the top companies that are hiring in large volume:

1. U-Haul, based in Phoenix

Number of jobs: 1,575+

Types of positions: General Manager and trainees, Shop Manager, Customer Care Representative, Programmer, Web Designer, Traffic Control Manager, Storage Team Manager, Structural Engineer, Production Manager and Transfer Driver

2. AON, based in Chicago

Number of jobs: 1,390+

Types of positions: Risk Management, Insurance Brokerage Services, Benefits Outsourcing, Human Capital Consulting and Actuarial

3. PNC, based in Pittsburgh

Number of jobs: 1,000+

Types of positions: Mortgage Loan Officer, Bank Branch Manager, Software Engineer, Part-time Teller, Relationship Manager and Financial Adviser

4. Yellowbook, based in Uniondale, New York

Number of jobs: 1,000+

Types of positions: New Media Specialist, Client Service Representative, Entry-level Customer Service, Finance, IT-Engineering, Developer, Programmer, Entry-level Production and Entry-level Field Distribution Management

5. Red Ventures, based in Fort Mill, South Carolina

Number of jobs: 1,000+

Types of positions: Inside Sales, Web Developer, Online Marketing, Sales Trainer, Corporate Recruiter, PHP Developer, Sales Recruiter, Human Resources and Copywriter

6. Comfort Keepers, based in Dayton, Ohio

Number of jobs: 900+

Types of positions: Caregiver, Home Health Aide, LPN, Personal Care Aide, Registered Nurse, Community Relations and Marketing Director

7. Motorola Solutions, based in Schaumburg, Illinois

Number of jobs: 600+ globally

Types of positions: Various IT and Engineering roles – Product Manager, Systems Engineer, Information Security Specialist and Software Engineer

8. Bridgestone Retail Operations, based in Bloomingdale, Illinois

Number of jobs: 400+

Types of positions: Retail Management Trainee, Retail Sales (full-time and part-time), Automotive Technician (full-time and part-time) and Automotive Maintenance Technician (full-time and part-time)

9. UniTek Global Services, based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Number of jobs: 400+

Types of positions: Cable Installer, Satellite Installer and Wireless Installation Project Manager and Foreman

10. Earthlink, based in Atlanta

Number of jobs: 300+

Types of positions: Account Executive, Major Account Executive, National Account Executive, System Sales, Channel Sales, Sales Engineer, Field Technician, NOC Technician and Branch Manager

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