If you have a job, good news: A new survey finds that there’s a good likelihood you’re going to keep it.
Right Management, a division of staffing firm Manpower Group, finds that 69 percent of U.S. companies plan no layoffs through the end of 2012.
Just 1 percent are planning significant layoffs, the survey found, and the rest were planning some job cuts or didn’t know. It was the first time Right Management conducted the survey, so there's no data to compare whether it shows an improving trend or not.
The data is based on a survey of more than 1,100 U.S. companies conducted in the second quarter of this year. The survey asked about companies’ hiring and firing plans for the next six months, through the end of the calendar year.
The results still put the U.S. below the global average. The complete Manpower survey, which included 14,931 employers in 41 countries, found that 78 percent were planning no layoffs at all.
Although it’s good news that the bleeding has slowed, economists have long been saying that companies need to hire a lot more people for the economy to grow faster. The unemployment rate remains at 8.2 percent with just 80,000 new jobs added in June, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In addition, some unlucky workers are still losing their jobs. New applications for unemployment benefits jumped again in the latest week, after falling sharply in the prior week in part because of seasonal aspects of the job market.