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As 2011 is ending and everyone is excited for a fresh start in 2012,some people are unsure of what the job outlook will be like in the new year. Although although we are constantly told that the job market will improve in 2012, it doesn’t appear to be entirely the case.
Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, says that in the past year the company has done a poll and asked employers what their hiring plans were for the new year. Out of the 3,000 employers that were polled, 23 percent plan to hire full time, where as 16 percent plan to cut back their staff. These numbers strikingly resemble last year’s predictions regarding the job market. Fortunately, the percentage of employers who will be hiring in 2012 are slightly higher than those from last year.
Even though there is a little bit of hope for the unemployed, the development of jobs will continue to be uneven. This means that the industries that are always growing will have a larger hiring rate than those that are diminishing. Careers in IT and engineering will continue to evolve because they are in high demand.
Also, the numbers of diverse workers will increase. Employers will put more effort into hire African American, Hispanic, female, and bilingual workers. Twenty percent of employers indicated they are seeking more African American, Hispanic, and female employees. Fourty-four percent plan to hire more bilingual employees as well.
In President Obama’s Job Speech, he pledges to fight for more opportunities for the unemployed in 2012. “And as we head into the New Year, I’m hopeful that we have what it takes to face that change and come out even stronger; to grow our economy, create more jobs, and strengthen the middle class.”