Job Outlook 2009

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2009-hiring-by-industry and USA TODAY published its annual job forecast today and there are some bright spots on the horizon.

In today’s issue, USA TODAY focused on the first three months of 2009. While 16% of U.S. employers plan to cut staff, 16% of employers “expect to add workers, while 62% percent anticipate a steady payroll.” That’s promising news for a huge chunk of workers — 78%. (Another 6% weren’t sure what staffing plans for Q1.)

Looking at 2009 overall, 14% of employers plan to increase their number of full-time, permanent employees, 16% plan to decrease staff levels and 56% expect no change.  13% are unsure.Here’s what CEO Matt Ferguson said about the survey:

“The job market of 2008 suffered as the U.S. economy weakened and entered into a recession. Looking ahead, recruitment levels are expected to be lower in the new year, but employers are not out of the mix completely; instead they’re taking ‘a wait and see’ approach to hiring.”

And consider this, there will still be openings due to regular turnover, some job creation, a skilled worker shortage and people retiring or changing careers. What does this mean for you? There are still jobs to be had, it’s just going to take more time and some extra work to find that new position.

Here are some other workplace trends the survey found:

1.    Close to one third (31%) of employers say they plan to provide more flexible work arrangements in 2009.

2.    28% of employers anticipate hiring freelancers or contractors in 2009. 

3.   13% of employers say they plan to add “green jobs” in 2009.


  1. This is a great post.

    I never can find anything good that comes through on Careerbuilder or any onine site though. I don’t really trust the whole automated online resume submission thing. I read something over at Penelope’s blog that a lot of companies don’t necessarily stay up to date on the emails coming in.

    Do you guys have any kind of premium headhunting services where the person subscribing would be guaranteed that contact would be person to person?

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