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Survey: 21% of employers aim to increase full-time staff

Twenty-one percent of employers expect to add full-time, permanent employees in the fourth quarter, according to the latest survey from CareerBuilder and USA TODAY. The October to December period is the fourth consecutive quarter in which at least one-in-five employers planned to increase headcount. The survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive from August 17 to September 2, 2010, included more than 2,400 hiring managers and human resource professionals and more than 3,100 workers across industries and company sizes.

Although small businesses continue to struggle with accessing credit needed to run and expand their operations, companies of all sizes plan to add staff by the end of the year. Twenty-six percent of employers with more than 250 employees plan to increase headcount in the fourth quarter followed by 24% of employers with 51 to 250 employees and 13% of employers with 50 or less employees.

Actual hiring consistently beat projected hiring for the last six quarters in the survey. Looking at 2010, 24% of employers reported adding full-time, permanent headcount in each quarter from January through September. Original projections for that period averaged 21%. If trends persist, the actual number of hires for the fourth quarter may prove to exceed projections.

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