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The Randstad Employee Confidence Index, which measures employees’ confidence regarding their work situation and economic optimism, grew by 2.4 points to 48.0 in November, and more respondents report a greater confidence in their ability to find new jobs.

“Our Employee Confidence Index is nearing the end of 2011 on a relatively high note, despite an unsteady and inconsistent economic year,” says Joanie Ruge, senior vice president and chief employment analyst of Randstad Holding US. “As we head into the upcoming holiday season, many retailers are eyeing the monthly employment figures to help predict consumer sentiment — and ultimately consumer spending activity. While job creation still remains steady in the private sector, we have seen more employers and candidates open to part-time work.

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