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SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey (JOS) 

The SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey (JOS) Report examines hiring and recruiting trends twice annually in the United States. It is based on a survey of more than 400 public and private-sector human resource professionals with a direct role in the staffing decisions at their respective companies. Respondents come from small, medium and large companies from around the U.S. and belong to a variety of for-profit, non-profit and government entities.

Key findings from Q4 2013 (October – December)

Organizations' plans to change staff levels in Q4 2013 (October - December) %
Increase total staff 35%
Maintain total staff 57%
Decrease total staff 9%

Source: SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey Q4 2013

HR professionals’ optimism on overall job growth in the United States in Q4 2013 (October – December) %
Very optimistic about job growth 6%
Somewhat optimistic about job growth 49%
Neither optimistic nor pessimistic about job growth 26%
Somewhat pessimistic about job growth, anticipating job losses 17%
Very pessimistic about job growth, anticipating job losses 2%

Source: SHRM Jobs Outlook Survey Q4 2013

Previous Jobs Outlook Surveys

Jobs Outlook Survey Q4 2013

  • A total of 55% of respondents have some level of confidence in the U.S. job market for the fourth quarter of 2013 and expect job growth: 49% are somewhat optimistic about job growth in the United States, and another 6% are very optimistic and anticipate job growth during the quarter. That represents a modest increase from the fourth quarter of 2012, when a combined 45% of respondents expressed some level of optimism about job growth. It is also a slight increase from the second quarter of 2013, when a combined 50% of respondents expressed some level of optimism about job creation.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2013, 35% of companies will conduct hiring, down from 44% in the second quarter of 2013, but up slightly from 32% a year ago. Among employer categories, medium-sized companies (those with 100 to 499 employees) will be the most likely to add jobs (40% of those surveyed) in the fourth quarter.
  • In the third quarter of 2013, 48% of companies added jobs, up from 43% in the third quarter of 2012. Another 14% decreased staffing levels in the third quarter of 2013, nearly unchanged from 15% a year ago.

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