Summer Hiring Forecast: Where The Jobs Are

Young woman pushing a lawnmower
Young woman pushing a lawnmower

It's no secret that employers have been slow to staff up. The unemployment rate has inched down only recently to 7.5 percent. But a new analysis suggests that a significant number of employers plan to hire temp workers for the summer.

On Thursday, CareerBuilder released its annual summer hiring forecast, which found that nearly 3 in 10 employers say that they will hire seasonal workers for the summer months. That is on par with last summer's hiring, but it marks a jump from 2008-11, when just 2 of every 10 employers hired seasonal workers. (CareerBuilder is an AOL Jobs partner. The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive, which gave questionnaires to 2,000 hiring managers.)

According to Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America, the improved outlook is no fluke. "Employers are more confident today than they were three or four years ago," he said in a CareerBuilder news release.

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