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Manpower Inc., a world leader in innovative workforce solutions, says employers are continuing to hire flexible workers due to increased demand for their goods and services coupled with lingering economic uncertainty, as the November U.S. jobs report, released recently by the
"This uncertainty over the sustainability of the recovery, and the fact that there is yet to be breakthrough in demand, means companies remain committed to doing more with less," said
While the elevated U.S. jobless rate is now at its highest rate since April, yesterday's four-week moving average of jobless claims dropped down to 431,000, the lowest figure since
Mixed employment signals globally underscore the fact that although the global labor market is generally improving, the mood of optimism should be tempered with caution. With uncertainty in
In countries such as
"Employers are worried that candidates who have been out work for extended periods may have suffered from antiquation of their skills, which is a red flag when they are searching for such specificity of skills," added Joerres. "December and January are traditionally weak months for hiring, so we think it will be a while yet before we see the much-awaited breakthrough in hiring."