James D. Jones III has been drafting new drawings of the piping at an Atlanta-area factory on a contract for ManpowerGroup Inc. for the last 10 months. When this job ends, he says it will be easy to find another.
Vicki Cook, 52, landed a job two weeks ago at a trucking company after applying for 50 positions in almost four months. “It was a blessing,” said the Okarche, Oklahoma, woman, whose previous job had been eliminated.
U.S. stocks rose, halting a global slide, as reports signaling an improving job market overshadowed concern over political instability in Portugal and Egypt. Oil rallied above $100 a barrel as American stockpiles declined.