The last recession has been officially over for more than two years now. But employers continue to behave as though they had taken to heart that old adage, "Once burned, twice shy of the fire."

A new Manpower hiring survey comprising employers in 42 countries found that hiring is on the rise, but oh so gradually. When U.S. responses to the survey are extracted, one sees a picture of a business community still demanding more proof that the global economy won't tank at any moment.

Perhaps Manpower Group's CEO, Jonas Prising, said it best.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.