No real surprises from this CNNMoney.com article (emphasis mine):
Employers are trimming their hiring plans but still expect to add workers in 2008, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Online job search site CareerBuilder.com said its survey of 3,016 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the private sector found that 32 percent of companies plan to increase the number of full-time, permanent employees in the upcoming year. A year ago, 40 percent said they expected to add staff.
Slow, steady growth is an ideal situation. The hiring trend has been on such a torrid pace that finding strong candidates has become an extended process. I’ve thought for the past year that a slight slowdown would be helpful.