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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Index measuring confidence of U.S. manufacturing employees posts highest reading
since 2007

The Randstad Manufacturing Employee Confidence Index, which measures overall confidence of U.S. manufacturing workers, rose 3.7 points to 54.6 in the fourth quarter of 2012, the highest reading since early 2007. Ranstad is a global HR company.

Harris Interactive conducted the online survey of 152 U.S. manufacturing workers in October, November and December of 2012.

"Companies are starting to invest again and in turn, job creation is following," said Phyllis Finley, executive vice president at Randstad. "Some of the sectors that have been hiring heavily include automotive, supply chain and advanced manufacturing. Technical and skilled employees within the manufacturing sector are also in high demand."

January's Purchasing Managers was 53.1 percent, a 2.9-point increase over December's seasonally adjusted reading of 50.2 percent, indicating growth in the U.S. economy for 44 consecutive months.

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. among 4,738 adults aged 18 and older, of which 152 were manufacturing employees.

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