Employers are fairly upbeat about hiring heading into 2005. In its latest quarterly survey, the staffing firm Manpower contacted 16-thousand US companies, and about a quarter of them said they expect to have more openings in the first three months of the new year. Only ten percent think they'll be cutting jobs. Manpower says hiring plans are much stronger than they were a year ago, and there's a slight improvement compared with three months ago. The company's chief executive, Jeffrey Joerres, says employers are gradually regaining their confidence and are slowly and steadily adding to their work forces. The survey finds the construction business should see a notable pick-up in hiring in the first quarter, along with finance, which also includes insurance and real estate.