Survey: Most companies seek to increase hiring

According to one recent study, the vast majority of companies in the United States are planning to increase hiring during 2012.

The 2012 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey found two thirds of HR professionals asked said that there were either "moderate" or "extensive" plans to hire more workers before the end of the year. In addition, the study found that 80 percent of  firms with 10,000 or more employees were planning to bring on more staff. The report was sponsored by Allied Van Lines and surveyed 500 human resource professionals.

"Most HR professionals do not see significant obstacles to relocation in today's economic environment," the firm stated in the release. "Only 6 percent believe that today's workforce is not willing to relocate, and most believe it is 'highly mobile' or 'somewhat mobile.' Fifty-nine percent reported that the current economic context has had "no impact" on their ability to recruit and hire."

There are other signs that hiring is starting to pick up. In an interview with CNN,  Bureau of Labor Statistics economist John Wohlford said the number of job openings has increased 46 percent since the start of the recession.