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U.S. Employment Growth Seen Rebounding From Slump

Bloomberg (04/09/12) Timothy R. Homan; Carlos Torres

Economists from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. believe hiring should pick up from the pace of 120,000 new jobs in March as the economy is now better able to handle rising fuel costs and the economic downturn in Europe. They do not expect a repeat of the last two years, which started off promising but experienced some setbacks when government debt, energy costs, and natural disasters generated concerns. Bruce Kasman, chief economist at JPMorgan, believes gains in revenue will surpass a slight jump in wages, giving employers an incentive to bolster hiring.

Janette Marx, senior vice president at the Melville, NY-based division of Adecco SA, says clients and customers are growing more confident. “We’re seeing a lot of people convert from temporary positions to full-time positions across a lot of industries. The acceleration really stepped up in the second half of the first quarter,” she says.