U.S. Employers to Add Jobs in Q3

Manpower’s employment index hits highest level in four years.

Employers in the U.S. said they planned to boost hiring in the third quarter, a survey showed.

Manpower Inc.’s employment index for the period from July through September climbed to 11 percent, the highest reading in four years, from 10 percent in the second quarter, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based, staffing company reported. The measure was at 8 percent a year earlier.

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The economy added 69,000 jobs in May, less than the most pessimistic forecast in a Bloomberg News survey. The unemployment rate, which rose to 8.2 percent, has held above 8 percent for 40 months, the longest stretch of such elevated levels in the post-World War II era.

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