While August's hiring gains are expected to be small, they should surpass the rate from August 2011, according to the Leading Indicators of National Employment report from the Society for Human Resource Management.

In fact, the report, which includes responses from 500 service-sector companies and 500 manufacturing companies, finds that service-sector hiring is believed to grow by a net of 9.4 points while manufacturing-sector hiring is expected to increase by a net of five points from August 2011 to August 2012.

Among service-sector respondents, 33.8 percent say they plan to hire, and another 5.2 percent say they anticipate cutting staff for a hiring net of 28.6 percent. The outstanding 71.4 percent do not anticipate making staffing changes in August.

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