MILWAUKEE, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to ManpowerGroup's (NYSE:MAN) third-quarter 2012 Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today, hiring activity is expected to slow from last year at this time in two-thirds of the countries and territories surveyed. The survey reveals few clear signs of notable traction in the labor market, and employers are evidently adopting an intermittent hiring approach in response to economic uncertainty both at home and abroad. Bucking this trend, Indian employers post one of their most optimistic forecasts on record, and U.S. job prospects continue to improve. On the other hand, the German labor market is expected to lose steam in the quarter ahead after defying the declining trend in Europe for more than a year. Research shows employers in 33 of 41 countries and territories surveyed expect varying degrees of positive hiring activity for the third quarter, with those in 32 labor markets anticipating relatively stable or improved hiring activity compared to the second quarter. However, employer hiring expectations weaken in 26 markets compared to 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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