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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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Job Listings: 22,000 Government Positions Posted on

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Looking for a booming job market? Look no further than the website, where the federal government lists all its job openings. There are thousands of positions, many with six-figure salaries, and no apparent sign of budget belt-tightening.

Here is a sampling of some of what's listed:

The Air Force is offering up to $115,000 a year for an audio-visual specialist.

The assistant secretary of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior plans to hire a "new media specialist" to deal with Facebook and Twitter for $115,000 a year. An Interior Department spokesman told ABC News this is an urgently needed post to fill because a court order has kept the Bureau of Indian Affairs off the Internet for seven years.

The National Weather Service has a dozen openings for meteorologists, paying up to $136,000 a year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in the market for a speechwriter, offering a salary of $136,000 a year.

The Environmental Protection Agency will pay $155,000 a year for a new spokesman.

That's pretty good money. By comparison, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made an annual salary of $171,000.

Indeed, there are many high-paying spokesman jobs listed, including one for the Department of Homeland Security that pays from $105,211 to $136,711.

There are also more exotic jobs:

There are 11 openings for lower-paying jobs at the military's posh Klipper golf course in Hawaii.

There is an opening for a fitness instructor on a U.S. Army base in Germany for $38,000. Among the perks: They'll help repay your college loans.

Overall, there are 22,000 jobs and no sign of an economic downturn. Indeed, since the recession started in 2007, the size of the non-military federal workforce has shot up by 250,000 workers, an increase of about 10 percent.

Tom Gavin, a spokesman for President Obama's Office of Management and Budget, points out that the president has imposed a two-year pay freeze on federal workers, a move that the White House says will save $60 billion in 10 years. And, Gavin said, the bulk of recent hiring has been in security-related agencies such as Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. He pointed to this line in the president's budget: "Overall, security agency employment grew by 22 percent from 2001 to 2010. During the same period, employment in non-security agencies as a percent of population fell by 4 percent."

One thing that is not in dispute: These federal jobs come with nice benefits -- 10 paid holidays, 13 sick days and up to 26 vacation days. Additionally, there is a liberal leave policy "that provides ample time off to take care of your personal, recreational and your health care needs."

If there is any belt-tightening going on in Washington, it's not apparent here.

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