Fewer human resource professionals feel positive about the fourth-quarter jobs market in comparison to 2010, finds a report by the Society for Human Resource Management.

In fact, only 34 percent of respondents believe the job market will grow during the fourth quarter of 2011 while 57 percent had that same confidence during 2011's second-quarter outlook. And 37 percent of respondents say their companies anticipate opening positions during the fourth quarter of 2011, representing a decline from the previous quarter when 44 percent of employers added workers.

"Many employers are getting more productivity out of their current staff by increasing their workers' hours on the job," says Jennifer Schramm, GPHR, and manager of workplace trends and forecasting at SHRM. "Human resource professionals said hourly workers logged longer hours in the third quarter of 2011 but anticipate the long days will not continue into the fourth quarter."

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