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U.S. Service Firms Grow at Steady Pace, Boost Hiring

Associated Press (04/04/12) Christopher Rugaber

U.S. service companies stepped up hiring in March and continued to expand at a solid pace. The Institute for Supply Management reported on April 4 that its index of nonmanufacturing activity dropped to 56 in March, down from February’s 57.3, which was a 12-month high. Economists say the slight decline is not troubling because the reading is still at a healthy level that points to growth.

“The (ISM) survey still suggests that domestic demand is contributing more to the recovery,” says Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics. “This survey is still consistent with some decent rates of economic growth.” Sixteen of the 18 industries tracked by the survey reported growth. Greater spending “reflects the increased confidence level of businesses and consumers,” says Anthony Nieves, chairman of the ISM’s services committee.