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ManpowerGroups Fourth Quarter Global Hiring Confidence Index Reveals Continued Positive But Cautious Hiring Plans In Most Labor Markets Amid Ongoing Economic Uncertainty

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to ManpowerGroup's (NYSE:MAN) fourth-quarter 2012 Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today, job seekers should see varying degrees of positive hiring activity across 31 of 42 countries and territories, with employers in 22 labor markets reporting improved or relatively stable hiring intentions compared to the third quarter. However, the pace of hiring is expected to weaken in 26 markets compared to one year ago. Interestingly, in the emerging markets of China, Brazil and India, employers in nearly all industry sectors expect to slow the pace of hiring from this time last year—most notably in India. Meanwhile, in the world's seven largest economies, hiring forecasts remain positive yet conservative in all countries except Italy where the Outlook declines further into negative territory. Expanding its European labor market research, ManpowerGroup polls the Finnish labor market for first time this quarter, where employers report a downbeat fourth-quarter forecast.

Note to Editors: Commentary is based on seasonally adjusted data where available. Full survey results for each of the 42 countries and territories included in this quarter's survey, plus regional and global comparisons, can be found in the ManpowerGroup Press Room at In addition, all tables and graphs from the full report are available to be downloaded for use in publication or broadcast from the ManpowerGroup Web site at:

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