Report Shows Employment Confidence Growing

The report is based on telephone interviews with more than 4,000 executives from a variety of fields throughout the United States.

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A new study shows employment confidence is improving - a sign that businesses like these in Beach Grove, IN, may soon be hiring more workers.

A staffing firm that helps unemployed Hoosiers find work says the hiring outlook is improving.

Sondra Sorg, branch manager at professional staffing service Robert Half in Indianapolis, points to the company‘s latest professional employment report.

“We see a lot of customer service candidates getting full time jobs,” Sorg said. “We see a lot of project assistants finding work, administrative support professionals. On the accounting and finance side, there‘s certainly a demand for financial analysts, so we see quite a few of those individuals that are starting to get full time employment.”

The report, based on telephone interviews with more than 4,000 executives from a variety of fields throughout the United States, shows 92 percent of company executives expressed confidence in their firms’ growth prospects in the third quarter of 2011. This compares with 86 percent who expressed confidence in the second quarter survey.

The majority of executives, 90 percent, expect no change in staff levels during the third quarter. But 6 percent of respondents anticipate hiring professional level staff. Executives also report difficulties finding the talent they need. Forty-two percent of respondents said it is challenging to find skilled professionals, up from 37 percent in the second quarter survey.

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