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More cutting and trimming of jobs is expected in the first quarter of 2009, but it is not all bleak.
Manpower reports that 18 percent of Salt Lake City companies plan to hire in the first three months of next year, slightly higher in Provo and Orem.
Natalie Gochnour, with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, said, "We are in a contracting economy where people are struggling and where we actually have fewer jobs now than a year ago."
She says despite that economic straitjacket feeling, some Utah companies are adding to their payrolls. "We have Oracle, which is adding jobs in our state; we have Sephora, which is a wonderful cosmetics company that's opening a new distribution center," she said.
She expects the recession to end late 2009 or 2010.