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Survey: Employment regaining traction

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At this time last year employers were using attrition, hiring freezes and massive layoffs to cut workers while some businesses closed their doors forever. After one of the worst years in decades, the Sacramento regional employment market is regaining traction. Usually a slow period for hiring in the Sacramento area Pacific Staffing has learned that 46 percent of 100 top area companies surveyed plan to hire in the first quarter of 2010. During that same time in 2009, more than half of Sacramento regional employers surveyed weren’t hiring anyone, another 20 percent planned staff cutbacks and three local companies closed and laid off all employees. In contrast, this new first quarter just 7 percent of companies surveyed plan to reduce workforces in January, February or March. This year layoffs or reductions-in-force are attributed to seasonal change and a merger, not to a failing recessionary economy. Twenty-five percent of companies reported hiring for growth needs in the last quarter of 2009. For more information and surveys, go to pacificstaffing.com. ~ Staff report