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Rhode Island jobs increase

Posted on March 19, 2012

Rhode Island jobs are on the rise, according to a new survey.

The Manpower Employment Outlook survey released Tuesday shows that hiring is increasing in lots of states in the U.S.

Hiring plans are increasing for the second quarter of 2012, hitting the strongest pace since late 2008.

A seasonally adjusted net 10% of employers said they plan to add to their workforce in the second quarter, compared with 9% in first quarter, and 8% in the second quarter of 2011.

n a not-seasonally-adjusted basis, the net portion of employers who said they plan to increase their workforce in the second quarter was 12% — 18% planned to increase, 6% planned to decrease, 72% expected no change, and 4% didn’t know. In the first quarter, a non-seasonally-adjusted net 5% planned an increase, compared with 10% in the second quarter of 2011.

“There is some optimism in intention to hire,” said Jeffrey Joerres, chairman and chief executive of ManpowerGroup, a Milwaukee-based staffing services firm. “Companies are adding in a very judicious way. When there is uncertainty, they will add in a very cautious, very demand-based manner.”

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