As hiring decision makers are feeling more optimistic, more hiring is projected for the first quarter of 2013, according to the recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released by ManpowerGroup.

In fact, the net employment outlook for 2013 shows a positive 12 percent, representing a one percentage point increase from the fourth quarter of 2012. This is also higher than the positive 9 percent from the first quarter of 2012.

Since this data has been available in beginning of the first quarter of 2008, this is the strongest first-quarter projection and much improved over the survey's low in 2010. Throughout the country, the wholesale and retail trade sector is expected to experience more hiring in the first quarter of 2013 while there fewer hiring plans are traditionally anticipated at the beginning of the year.

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