Jobs Outlook Seen Weak as U.S. Companies Reporting Cost Cuts

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    Weakening demand is forcing new and accelerated cost reductions at companies from Bank of America Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) to Staples Inc. (SPLS) and Eastman Kodak Co. (EKDKQ), dimming the outlook for an already struggling U.S. labor market.
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    A recruiter reviews a job seeker's resume during a Coast to Coast Career Fairs event in Houston, Texas. Hiring is expected to be limited through the rest of the year.

    Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Niall Ferguson, a history professor at Harvard University and a Bloomberg Television contributing editor, talks about the outlook for the U.K and U.S. economies. He speaks with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg Television's
    Even as consumer confidence and housing show signs of recovering, sales for businesses in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 0.9 percent from a year earlier in July through September, the second consecutive quarterly drop and biggest decline since 2009, according to analyst forecasts compiled by Bloomberg. A 1.2 percent gain projected for October-December still is smaller than the 5.4 percent rise in this year’s first three months.

    A global slowdown triggered by Europe’s debt crisis is exacerbated by the potential impact of the impending U.S. fiscal cliff of changes in taxes and government spending. All this is pushing finance chiefs back to the drawing board, with some limiting hiring and investment and others slashing more jobs than originally announced. Such belt-tightening will dominate employment prospects for the rest of the year.

    Jobs Outlook Seen Weak as U.S. Companies Reporting Cost Cuts - Bloomberg

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