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Financial uncertainty in Europe continues to drag on hiring confidence; positive signals seen in the U.S., Japan and India as Chinese job prospects continue to cool

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to ManpowerGroup's (NYSE: MAN) first quarter 2012 Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today, job seekers can expect a slower first-quarter hiring pace than fourth quarter of 2011 in the majority of the world's labor markets. But while the more subdued employer hiring plans continue to reflect current economic challenges and uncertainty, forecasts do remain in positive territory in 31 of 41 countries, with results for the U.S., Japan and India revealing some positive signals. Meanwhile, hiring optimism in the Chinese market declines considerably from this time last year.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Commentary is based on seasonally adjusted data where available. Full survey results for each of the 41 countries and territories included in this quarter's survey, plus regional and global comparisons, can be found in the ManpowerGroup Press Room at www.manpowergroup.com/meos.  In addition, all tables and graphs from the full report are available to be downloaded for use in publication or broadcast from the ManpowerGroup Web site at: http://www.manpowergroup.com/press/meos.cfm

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