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U.S. Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly, As Hiring Inches Up

ManpowerGroup Advocates For More Agile Work Models That Can Adjust To Fluctuating Hiring Plans

PR Newswire
MILWAUKEE
Nov 4, 2011

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, says structuring more agile workforce models is needed in order for employers to make instant hiring decisions, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported that the overall October unemployment rate fell to 9 percent, and 80,000 new jobs were created last month. The temporary help services industry has shown gains over the last three months – a boost to the economy and a solution to employers' immediate hiring needs.

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"Demand is the primary driver of hiring going forward in this economy. When employers continue to experience a softening in demand for their products and services, and when they see uncertainty in the marketplace, they ease up on hiring," said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup President of the Americas. "The ongoing volatility in the marketplace builds uncertainty, which triggers immediate and inconsistent hiring reactions.  As a result, a flexible workforce plan that includes contingent workers is increasingly becoming a new normal for business success."

ManpowerGroup's 2011 Talent Shortage Survey found that 52 percent of U.S. companies are struggling to fill key jobs, the highest percentage in the six-year history of the survey. ManpowerGroup advises companies to think long-term because the talent mismatch will inevitably worsen as demand for products and services increases.

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup™ (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, creates and delivers high-impact solutions that enable our clients to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness. With over 60 years of experience, our $22 billion company creates unique time to value through a comprehensive suite of innovative solutions that help clients win in the Human Age. These solutions cover an entire range of talent-driven needs from recruitment and assessment, training and development, and career management, to outsourcing and workforce consulting. ManpowerGroup maintains the world's largest and industry-leading network of nearly 3,900 offices in over 80 countries and territories, generating a dynamic mix of an unmatched global footprint with valuable insight and local expertise to meet the needs of its 400,000 clients per year, across all industry sectors, small and medium-sized enterprises, local, multinational and global companies. By connecting our deep understanding of human potential to the ambitions of clients, ManpowerGroup helps the organizations and individuals we serve achieve more than they imagined – because their success leads to our success. And by creating these powerful connections, we create power that drives organizations forward, accelerates personal success and builds more sustainable communities. We help power the world of work. The ManpowerGroup suite of solutions is offered through ManpowerGroup™ Solutions, Manpower®, Experis™ and Right Management®. Learn more about how the ManpowerGroup can help you win in the Human Age at www.manpowergroup.com.

ManpowerGroup is the most trusted brand in the industry, being the only company in our industry to be named to the Ethisphere Institute's 2011 World's Most Ethical Companies list for our proven commitment to ethical business practices, including an outstanding commitment to ethical leadership, compliance practices and corporate social responsibility. In addition, ManpowerGroup has also been recognized as the industry leader by Fortune magazine, who named the company in first place on its 2011 list of the Most Admired Companies in the temporary help sector.

In January 2011, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ManpowerGroup announced the world has entered the Human Age, where talent has replaced capital as the key competitive differentiator. Learn more about this new age at www.manpowergroup.com/humanage

Gain access to ManpowerGroup's extensive thought leadership papers, annual Talent Shortage surveys and the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, one of the most trusted indices of employment activity in the world, via the ManpowerGroup World of Work Insight iPad application. This thought leadership app explores the challenges faced by employers navigating the changing world of work and provides in-depth commentary, analysis, insight and advice on strategies for success.  

Follow ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO Jeff Joerres on Twitter: twitter.com/manpowergroupjj. Joerres is one of only six Fortune 500 CEOs who leverages a Twitter account to get his message out.

SOURCE ManpowerGroup

CONTACT: Britt Zarling, + 1 414.526.3107, Britt.zarling@manpowergroup.com, or Marsha Barancik, +1 414.688.5241, Marsha.barancik@manpowergroup.com

Web Site: http://www.manpowergroup.com


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