Hiring data is gathered through the semiannual Massachusetts Job Vacancy Survey

Participants in the survey are asked whether they plan to increase or decrease employment in the coming quarter and are given the following choice of responses: (1) Will definitely increase, (2) Will probably increase, (3) Will stay the same, (4) Will probably decrease, (5) Will definitely Decrease, or (6) Do not know.

Ten thousand businesses were contacted during the 2nd quarter of 2010, and approximately 7,800 responses were received. The data collected provides a picture of the hiring plans of Massachusetts businesses for the 3rd quarter of 2010. Click here to see the business hiring report

Detailed information about the Massachusetts Job Vacancy Survey - a semiannual survey that tracks the demand for labor by industry, occupation and education is available , or by calling the Economic Analysis Department at (617) 626-5744.