Small and medium sized businesses are ready to hire again, according to a survey by employment agency AppleOne, released Wednesday.

Forty-one percent of those surveyed plan to hire in 2011, 95% said they are finished with workforce reductions, and a majority said the economy is stabilizing enough to maintain or grow their staff. Last year, 33% planned to hire more workers in the coming year.

“Rising unemployment rates have been a major concern in this country, and it will be a welcome change to get more Americans back to work,” said AppleOne CEO Bryant Howroyd. “The market is more exciting now, and has more opportunity for skilled workers than we’ve seen in the last decade.”

However, most new hires are outsourced temporary workers, as companies look “to find the right fit for their company without a permanent commitment right away,” Howroyd said. “These days, employers are hiring cautiously.”

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