Published On: Thu, Apr 5th, 2012

Gallup Poll Shows U.S. Hiring Increased in March

A new Gallup poll shows that hiring at U.S. workplaces increased in March, with the monthly job creation index rising four percentage points – the highest since mid-2008.

Gallup’s Job Creation Index rose from +14 to +18 in February, the largest one-month jump in the index that Gallup has recorded since instituting the measure in 2008.

Based on the survey, 35% of American workers say their employers are hiring and expanding the size of the workforces, and 17% say their employers are reducing their workforce.

March results are based on Gallup telephone interviews conducted throughout the month with a nationwide random sample of nearly 18,000 employed Americans. The index – not seasonally adjusted provides an ongoing summary of U.S. workplace hiring conditions as reported by employees.

According to the survey, the Midwest continues to consistently lead in net new hiring, with the South trailing. However, the East and West fall behind, with lower hiring.

Workers reported an increase in hiring and a decrease in firing/layoffs at their workplaces. Job creation improved in all regions in March, however hiring was seen as strongest in the Midwest, followed by the South, and then the East and West.

Gallup’s next weekly average, available April 10, will offer an initial indication of whether the pace of improvement continues to slow or is picking back up.

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