Job Market Showing Gradual Improvement, According to Quarterly Job Forecast from CareerBuilder and USA TODAY - CareerBuilder Hiring By Region in Q2 2010 Companies in both the Northeast and the West are tracking above the national average of employers who said they plan to hire in the second quarter. One- quarter of employers in the Northeast (26 percent) and West (25 percent) said they plan to add full-time workers in the second quarter compared to 21 percent in the South and 20 percent in the Midwest. While plans to decrease headcount in the second quarter are down from 2009 averages across all regions, 10 percent of employers in the Northeast plan to trim staff levels followed by 8 percent in the Midwest, and 7 percent in both the South and West. NABE Industry Survey Summary- January 2010 Industry demand increased for a third consecutive quarter. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of April survey respondents reported rising demand versus only 6 percent reporting falling demand as the NRI jumped to its highest level in more than four years to 51. All four major industry sectors experienced strong demand growth. Recovery Reaching More U.S. Metro Areas All but two of the U.S. metro areas not yet in recovery are experiencing moderating recessions; that is, the pace of decline is decelerating. Of the two exceptions, Jacksonville NC has moved into an expansion phasea large military presence helped the area avoid the worst of the national downturnwhile Laredo TX remains in recession, showing significant job losses over the past year.