Employee hiring is at its lowest point since December 2000; particularly in the areas of construction, the trades, transportation and utilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a hiring rate of 2.9 percent in a 12 month period ending in June 2009.
There are some industries whose hiring levels have not changed significantly; in particular, education, health services organizations, manufacturing; transportation, warehousing, and utilities; information; real estate and rental and leasing; social assistance; and arts, entertainment, and recreation.
Company hiring rates fell over the past 12 months in three of the four U.S. regions: Midwest, South, and West.
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