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Sounding Board: What trends are you seeing in hiring?

And, what’s happening with employment costs?

Cynthia Barnett | 8/1/2012
H. Britt Landrum
H. Britt Landrum Jr.
[Photo: John C. Lockman]

H. Britt Landrum Jr.
President/CEO
Landrum Human Resources Cos.
Pensacola

The number of employees year-over-year has been gradually increasing since last September. Everything else is dropping: Average wage per employee is down; the amount of bonuses paid is down; commissions are down; overtime wages are down. It’s definitely a jobless recovery we are going through, but on the other hand it is improving. ... We didn’t experience a lot of increase in (health insurance) costs.”

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